The Sharada Peeth on the bank of Krishna Ganga river in Kashmir was the nodal centre of ancient Indian wisdom for centuries
Chilkur Head Priest thanks initiative for Kartarpur Corridor…
MV Soundararajan, Chief Priest of famous Chilkur Balaji Temple and Convenor of temples Protection Movement thanks wholeheartedly the efforts of Joint meeting of officials of Pakistan and Indian counterparts on the Pilgrimage to Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara.
This is a great initiative for the Crores of Sikhs…
We at Temples Protection Movement requests a similar exercise for Sharada Peeth…
The pristine land of Kashmir nestled in the midst of Great Himalayas gets its name from Sage Kashyapa. Legend has it the central valley of Kashmir was once fully inundated making it a huge ocean-like lake. It was Sage Kashyapa who drained the waters and made the valley hospitable.
That’s how the land got its name as Kashyapa-Mira which later came to be known as Kashmir. Sage Kashyapa was no ordinary sage, he was a Vedic seer whose virtues have been extolled by the Vedas themselves. In fact, Krishna Yajur Veda tells कश्यपः पश्यको भवति, यत्सर्वं परिपश्यतीति सौक्ष्म्यात्।“
On occasion of its 1000th birth anniversary, it will be an apt initiative for world peace if the Saraswati temple which is dilapidated today is restored to its past glory.
It is said that this region is the abode of Goddess Saraswati who continuously performs penance. Pleased by Sage Paulastya Goddess Saraswati appeared before him in the form of a Swan and she promised him that this place will be always her abode and Ganga will be always flowing here. The Sharada Peeth on the banks of Krishna Ganga river in Kashmir was the nodal centre of ancient Indian wisdom for centuries.
It attracted scholars from all over Indian sub-continent and beyond as it was the centre of advanced studies which hosted an enormous library of manuscripts which were popular by the name “Shree Bhandaram”. The SharadaPeeth’s eminence as a centre of knowledge continued from ancient Vedic times right up to the 19th century AD through the various chequered journey. It was in here in Sharada Peeth that here is a very important connection between Sri Ramanuja and Kashmir which is not often highlighted.
Sri Ramanuja travelled all the way from Srirangam to SharadaPeetham in Kashmir to validate his BrahmasutraBhashyam with BodhyanaVritti – an extremely elaborate gloss written by Sage Bodhyanaon Brahmasutras of Maharshi Veda Vyas. It is said that, at that time, the sole copy of BodhyanaVritti was archived in the vast library of SharadaPeeth.
Incidentally, among all the commentaries available for Brahmasutratoday, only Saint Ramanuja makes such an effort not to deviate from Sage Bodhaayana’s line. It was in Kashmir that Sri Ramanuja’s Brahma Sutra Bhashya was published with the name Sri Bhashya. The name Sri Bhashya was conferred on the text by Goddess Saraswati, the presiding deity of Sri Sharada Peeth, herself, as it was a most authentic abridged version of the BodhayanaVritti. Sri Ramanuja was given the title of Sri Bhashyakara.
This temple and the deity Sharada Devi are held in high esteem by Kashmiri Hindus. The Sharada Peeth itself is now under Pakistani occupation (in Pakistan occupied Kashmir), but the ruins are still maintained as a tourist attraction by PoK government.
Saint Ramanuja preached inclusiveness among all devotees of Lord Narayana and supported the acceptance of Bibi Nachyaara Muslim princess who was in love with Lord’s idol as a devotee. On occasion of his 1000thbirth anniversary, it will be an apt initiative for world peace if the Saraswati temple which is dilapidated today is restored to its past glory.
We appeal that Both the Indian and Pakistani Governments should work towards this as a priority. Goddess Saraswati is the Goddess of speech (वाग्देवी) and reviving the most important of her temples worshipped by Sri Ramanuja and rishis of yore will enable the elusive peace ( शान्तिः) in the Kashmir valley that everyone so much desires and every Vedic chanting ends with ॐशान्तिःशान्तिःशान्तिः॥
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.
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Only one point. It is with the advent of Shankaracharya that the Sharada Peeth came to be known throughout India. He was honoured with the Sarvajna peetah there by the learned men of Kashmir after he defeated his intellectual challengers in numetous debates. Ramanuja comes much after Shankara’s time.