Bangla Hunt Desk: Renovation work on the century-old Raghunath Temple in Srinagar is starting after nearly three decades. The temple was attacked and set on fire by militants three decades ago. One year after the repeal of Section 370 and 35A and the administrative restructuring of Jammu and Kashmir, the government has decided to restore the lost glory of this century-old temple in the heart of Srinagar city.
The renovation work of the temple has been handed over to the state tourism department. Along with the temple, work will be done to beautify the Jhelum river ghat. Hindus have welcomed the renovation of the long-abandoned temple. The Hindus hope that by rebuilding this temple, the wounds of that horrible history of 1990 will be healed. Let us inform you that Kashmiri scholars were forced to flee Kashmir in 1990 due to the attack of fundamentalists in Kashmir.
The historic temple, which was most revered by Kashmiri Hindus, was brutally burnt down by fundamentalists in the early 1990s. At that time, bloodthirsty Islamic militants in the valley witnessed the massacre and escape of Hindus in Kashmir. At that time, they set out to turn Kashmir into an Islamic state.
In the early 1990s, militants set fire to a school built on the site of the temple. As a result, the dharamshala of the temple came under fire. Extremists banned Hindus from worshiping in temples. However, the Hindus did not listen to them. Unable to stop the Hindus from going to the temple, the fundamentalists set fire to the entire temple premises.