Abhinav Gupt cave located within the foothills of Bairam hillocks in Beerwah space of Budgam district is facing threat thanks to stone quarrying, says Vir Saraf, Convenor, Roots in Kashmir (RIK).
The cave contains a nice spiritual significance for Kashmiri Pandits as Abhinav Gupt is considered the best scholar of Kashmiri Shaivism, an ancient faculty of thought that Kashmir is known world over.
Vir Saraf told Excelsior that the Abhinav Gupt cave is sacred to Kashmiri Pandits. "Till 1947 AD Kashmiri Pandits used to travel to the doorway of the cave and perform their spiritual rituals per annum on the tenth day of full moon within the month of June. The cave is of nice worth of heritage. it's a part of the traditional historical civilisation," he added.
Stone quarrying is going down with impunity on North-West facet of this hill high that is supposedly the tail of the cave yet as on the jap facet of Bairam too.
However, officers said that the quarry is found some one hundred fifty feet far from the cave. they are saying that the quarrying goes on for past over sixty years and government is obtaining its royalty.
"It is claimed that some folks have tried to cruise the un-ending cave upto one km however came back when there was no finish to the cave. Abhinav Gupt was a thinker and a Bhairwa (seeker of Lord Shiva)," said Vir.
Talking to Excelsior, M. S Zahid, Deputy Director, Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums said that he would depute a team of the officers to the positioning.
"As of currently I even have not received any criticism. however since you've got raised this issue it'd be ensured that nothing illegal is being done. this is often an area of heritage importance and that we would depart no stone unturned in preserving this heritage image," said Zahid.