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Martand Sun Temple: J&K Govt set to restore historic temple destroyed by Sikandar Butshikan for Islamisation of Valley

“Martand Sun Temple: J&K Govt set to restore historic temple destroyed by Sikandar Butshikan for Islamisation of Valley”, Organiser, March 30, 2024:

“A significant step towards restoring Kashmir’s ancient heritage unfolds as the government of Jammu and Kashmir announces plans to restore the revered Martand Sun Temple in Anantnag. Alongside this monumental endeavour, a statue honouring King Lalitaditya, who oversaw the temple’s construction, is set to grace the premises.

The announcement, issued on March 27, signifies a pivotal moment in the conservation of the region’s rich cultural legacy. In a landmark decision, the government of Jammu and Kashmir has initiated proceedings for the restoration of the Martand Sun Temple, a revered Hindu religious site dating back to the 8th century. Notably, the temple, attributed to the illustrious King Lalitaditya Muktapida, is among India’s oldest Sun temples and stands as a testament to the region’s ancient spiritual heritage.

A notification issued by Neeraj Pandita, Under Secretary to the Government, outlines the forthcoming high-level meeting scheduled for Monday (April 1) to deliberate on the temple’s preservation and the installation of King Lalitaditya’s statue…..”

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