Shandilya used to meditate in Sharada-van. Near the temple of Sree Sharada Devi,there is 'Amarkund' lake. It is believed that Sage Shandilya got the 'darshan' of Sree Sharada Devi there. In the first verse of 'Prapanchsar' composed by AdiShankaracharya is devoted to the praise of Sree Sharada Devi.In the year 1030, the famous Jihadi historian Al-Baruni visited Kashmir. Accordingto him, there was a wooden idol of Sree Sharada Devi in Sree Sharada Devitemple. He had compared the temple of Sree Sharada Devi with the Sun templeof Multan (that time in India, presently in Pakistan), Vishnu Chakraswamin templeat Thaneshwar and Somnath temple.During 16th century, Delhi was ruled by King Akbar. Abul Fazal, one of the famous'Nava-Ratnas' in his Court, has written about Sree Sharada Devi temple that SreeSharada Devi temple is near the banks of river Madhumati which is full of goldparticles. One can experience miracles on every eighth day of the bright fortnightof the month.
Sree Sharada Devi temple caught in the grip of Islamic assaults
In the 14th century, the temple was attacked for the first time. After this attack,India started losing its contact with Krushnaganga and Sharada Peeth. In the 19thcentury, Dogra king of Kashmir restored this temple.Prior to Islamic invasion, there was the world famous Sun temple in Multan. Itsexistence went back to more than thousands of years. After partition, Multanbecame a part of Pakistan. Today there is no sign of the temple. After a few years,even Sree Sharada Devi temple will have the same fate. Near Sree Sharada Devitemple, there used to be famous Sanskrit university. It is believed that in thebarbaric Islamic attacks, the university was destroyed.
The (historic undivided) Kashmir has glorious Hindu traditions
Many ancient holy books of Hindus were written in Kashmir. From the time of Sage Shandilya, Kashmir was renowned for Sanskrit language, literature,astronomy, astrology and jurisprudence so also as a well-known centre of arts and