Saturday August 25 2007 00:00 IST
SRINAGAR: An centuries-old lord Shiva temple in Anantnag district will thrown open to devotees on Raksha bandhan next Tuesday, 18 years after it was closed down due to migration of Kashmiri pandits with the advent of militancy.
Popularly called “Amarnathji”, the temple at Thajwara in the South Kashmir district would be reopened on the auspicious occasion of 'shravana purnima' on August 28 after conducting a 'mahayagna', purohit Sabha martand president Ashok Sidha said on Friday.
Before the eruption of militancy, it used to be thronged by pilgrims throughout the year especially on shravana purnima which marks the conclusion of the annual Amarnath pilgrimage.
“We have finalised all arrangements for the annual congregation at the temple,” Sidha, who also heads the Thajwara Prabhandak committee, said. Bijbehara municipality chairman Mufti Mohammed Amin has assured full cooperation to the organisers for holding the religious function, he said.
The shrine was thoroughly cleaned and repair works undertaken considering it remained closed for 18 years, he added.