JAMMU, Dec 8: Save Sharda Committee Kashmir (SSC) participated in a conference on religious tourism within Nepal, Bangladesh, India and other countries. Delegates from Bangladesh led by Bishnu Sarkar, secretary minorities in Government of Bangladesh, Dipam Mitra & others. Nepal was represented by Arjun Bastola & others, while Ravinder Pandita and Mohan Krishen Mongha participated from India, besides Malcolm McEwan from Jersey a pilgrim who has visited Sharda Peeth in PoK thrice.
Delegates from Pakistan could not arrive at a short notice. The theme of the conference was to encourage religious tourism between these countries. On this occasion Bishnu Sarkar said that Government of Bangladesh is initiating pilgrims to Tirupati this year in this connection. He further invited Ravinder Pandita Head of Save Sharda Committee to visit Bangladesh and further take up on this issue there.
The conference was held at Shankracharya Hall inside Pashupati Nath Mandir in Nepal. Light was also thrown on the rituals & practices adopted by Hindus in the three countries. Mohan Krishan Mongha gave a detailed brief of the Hindu rituals and conduct of Hawan in India. Dipan Mitra threw light on the ritual & Puja practices being adopted in Bangladesh. Save Sharda Committee emphasized the need of reopening of the basic seat of learning called Sharda Peeth that lies in ruins in PoK. ” We are pressing for a mutual understanding of religious tourism between SAARC countries to allow pilgrims of these countries to visit Sharda Peeth. Earlier in October this year we had sent a couple from Hong Kong to Sharda Peeth who performed Puja for the first time in 72 years”, said Ravinder Pandita.
Malcolm Mcewan from Jersey briefed the participants with the experiences of his Sharda visits. A large number of people of Nepal and Pashupati Nath followers attended the conference. A bhandara was also organized on the occasion to the devotees.