Throne of Wisdom – Sharada Peeth, Archaeological site in Sharda, Azad Kashmir.

नमस्ते शारदे देवि काश्मीरपुर-वासिनि ।
त्वामहं प्रार्थये नित्यं विद्यादानं च देहि मे ॥१॥

Sharada Peeth , located in the village of Sharda in Pakistan-Administered Azad Kashmir. It is situated near the Line of Control which divides Azad Kashmir from Indian Administered Kashmir. The temple dedicated to the goddess Sarasvatī (Sharda) is on the banks of Neelum River in Azad Kashmir. Shakti Peethas are shrines or divine places of Shakti formed due to the falling of body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi, when Shiva carried it and wandered throughout Aryavartha in sorrow. There are 51 Shakti Peeth linking to the 51 alphabets in Sanskrit. Each temple has shrines for Shakti and Kalabhairava . Sharada Peeth is one of the 18 Maha Shakti Peetha . Devi’s Right hand is said to have fallen here. The Shakti worshiped here is the goddess of knowledge and education, Saraswathi otherwise known as Sarada. The mythology of Daksha yaga and Sati’s self immolation had immense significance in shaping the ancient Sanskrit literature and even had cultural impact in India during olden times. It led to the development of the concept of Shakti Peethas and there by strengthening Shaktism . Enormous mythological stories in puranas took the Daksha yaga as the reason for its origin. It is an important incident in Shaivism and Shaktism . Its ruins are now in Pakistan administered Kashmir, near the Line of Control (LOC). Kashmir was once centre of learning of Hindu Vedic works until the people dwelling in that region was forcefully converted to Islam. Prior to this, Kashmir was sometimes called Sharada Desh because of this temple and Sharada was called Kashmira Puravasini ( resident of city of Kashmir ). Kashmiri Hindus remain highly devoted towards this deity, and by extension, to the Sharada Peeth temple. The temple had periodically fallen into disrepair by the 14th century, and was last repaired by Maharaja Gulab Singh of Kashmir in the 19th Century. Following the brief 1948 war in the region between Pakistan and India, the site came under control of Pashtun tribesmen who invaded the region. Control was then passed to the newly formed rebel government of AzadKashmir. The site was heavily damaged in the 2005 earthquake which struck the region, and has not been repaired since that time by the government of Pakistan. Pakistani Hindus rarely visit the temple, preferring to visit sites farther south in Sindh, Balochistan, and Punjab provinces.The place was once a celebrated centre of learning in the subcontinent. It was a centre of great Sanskrit scholars and Kashmiri Pandits and was a famous centre of Hinduism and Buddhism. According to the Prabhavakacarita , a Jain historical work dated 1277–78, the Svetambara scholar Hemacandra requested grammatical texts preserved here so he could compile his own grammar, the Siddhahema .

Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu Maa rupena samsthita I
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu Shakti rupena samsthita I
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu Buddhi rupena samsthita I
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu Laxmi rupena samsthita I
Namestasyai II Namestasyai II Namestasyai II Namo Namah II

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