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Under pressure from Separatists groups J&K Govt prevents Kashmiri Pandits from undertaking Kausar Nag Pilgrimage

Bending its knees before the hate mongers the Jammu and Kashmir govt on Thursday  decided against allowing a Kashmiri Pandits’ group to take a yatra to glacial spring of Kaunsar Nag in south Kashmir.

A handful of separatist leaders, who are fast losing their popular base and some local residents in Kulgam area had objected to the start of yatra via its traditional route. Meanwhile, the pilgrims desirous of taking the yatra have been permitted to trek the hilly route via Reasi.

 “The yatra will operate only through its traditional route in Reasi district (from Jammu side),” said Kulgam deputy commissioner Nisar Ahmed Wani, while revoking his previous order.
 
On July 21, the authorities had issued permission to a group of Pandits to use the Aharbal waterfall route, 60 km south of Srinagar, to the glacial spring, located at an altitude of 12000 feet, from July 31 to August 3. It takes two days trekking to reach the destination, 32 km away from Aharbal area, and a six-day puja is scheduled there.

KAUSAR NAG PILGRIMAGE

Situated at the height of 12000 feet, Kausar Nag,
one of the cleanest glacial springs of Kashmir,
is a trekkers’ delight being next to a mountain cliff.

It is just 32 kilometers away from Aharbal fresh waterfall.
Kausar Nag is spread over an area of five kilometers in
length and two-and-a-half kilometers of scintillating water
expanse in breadth. The trail follows an ancient route,
trodden for centuries by Gujjar and Bakarwaal nomads.

The track passes through Kungewattan, an overnight
camping spot, which offers a series plain landmass,
known for medicinal plants. It takes two days by foot
to reach Kausar Nag from the Aharbal base by foot.

 
“The order says the trekking is open for tourists and not pilgrimage. If it was not a traditional route then how come the administration allowed it in the first place?” Spokesman of the All Party Migrant Coordination Committee (APMCC) said in response to the govt action.
 
Around 2,000 pilgrims are scheduled to take the pilgrimage, which started four years ago. As many as 40 Pandits were starting from the Aharbal route on Thursday, for the first time, and the rest are travelling from Reasi in Jammu, which is also a two-day trek.

 All Parties Migrants Co-ordination Committee (APMCC) Thursday condemned the attitude of J&K Government for buckling under the “pressure of some elements hell-bent upon foiling the return of Kashmiri Pandits by stopping the Kousar Nag Yatra even after clearing it earlier”.

In a statement issued here by the National Spokesperson of APMCC, the APMCC leaders took a strong notice of the fact that certain groups created a ‘misconception’ around Kousar Nag Yatra known as Kramsaras Tirtha (Vishnu Paad) Yatra among Kashmiri Pandits relating it to the Yatra being conducted by people of Jammu from Reasi side adding Kashmiri Pandits have been going to this place from times immemorial but now a “communal colour is being given to it to create fear psychosis among KPs that they won’t be allowed to worship according to their will”.

Talking to media after the Kulgam district administration did not allow them to proceed further, Chairman APMCC Vinod Pandit castigated the Omar Abdullah government for buckling under the pressure of some communal elements without caring to clear the misconception among the local people with an eye on the forthcoming elections.

He also questioned the authority of DC Kulgam for saying that the traditional route was from Reasi and not Kashmir asking him where from were Kashmiri Pandits going on pilgrimage before 1990, and why he gave permission earlier.

“Kashmiri Pandits have been going there since Nilmata times as recorded in Raj Tarangni and books of Aurel Stein,” Chairman APMCC Vinod Pandit said.

The statement said that Pandit also took a strong note of the separatists and opponents of the Yatra for openly saying it was Muslim  Kashmir adding, “why were they adopting double standards and challenging Yatra, and pilgrimages and on the other hand saying Pandits are welcome to Kashmir.”

Meanwhile, ruling National Conference MLA from Kulgam has also opposed the yatra. “We must not allow this. These virgin spaces shall be left out of human intervention,” senior National Conference leader Dr Syed Bashir Ahmad Veeri, who also heads the State Environment Committee.
 

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