Hari Parbat Srinagar Kashmir- Home of a Powerful Goddess
After a sound sleep on one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept, all of us were ready to explore the beautiful state of Jammu and Kashmir. We had our breakfast at the hotel and then hired a private car to take us to the different spots planned for the day. The first destination on our list was the Hari Parbat Srinagar Kashmir. Since it is located in the outskirts of the city, it was best to start with this one.
We travelled amidst the scenery of the roads and finally reached our destination after about an hour. It is an extremely ancient temple and is believed to the state’s holiest site. Also known as Sharika Peeth, it houses the idol of Shri Jagat Amaba Sharika Bagwati or Maha Tripursundhari or Harie. We could see that the idol of the Goddess had 18 arms each equipped with at least one weapon. Even my children could understand the importance of the place on viewing the serenity in its ambience. We saw the Sayambhu Sri Chakra or Maha Sriyantra which is the symbol for the presiding deity, Goddess Sharika. It is comprised of circular shaped mystic impressions along with triangular patterns having a bindhu.
The local people provided us some information about the Goddess’s power and the miracles that have happened to her followers. They believe that once you worship the Goddess at Hari Parbat, you have worshipped every God and Goddess present in Hindu mythology. Many yogis and saints have attained ultimatum at the Sharikapeeth by worshipping Goddess Sharika. There are also rumours that the state’s capital Srinagar has got its name from this Goddess.
My wife was very impressed with the ambience of the temple undoubtedly because of its picturesque location. Since we live in a city, we hardly get to worship at such a pleasing and serene place. It was far away from the city untouched by the busy lives of people. We were very happy that we could seek the blessings of such a powerful god in the middle of one of the most serene ambiences in the world.