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Hari Parbat, Srinagar

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Historic Site
Hari Parbat, or Koh-e-Maran, is a hill overlooking Srinagar, the largest city and summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. It is the site of the Durrani Fort and has a notable religious dimension for the Hindus, Muslim and Sikhs alike, hosting a famous Hindu temple, two shrines of locally venerated Muslim saints and a Sikh gurdwara.Durrani FortThe first fortifications on the site were constructed by the Mughal emperor Akbar in 1590 who built an outer wall for the fort as part of his plans for a new capital called Nager Nagor. The project, however, was never completed. The present fort was built in 1808 under the reign of Shuja Shah Durrani.Sharika templeThe hill is considered sacred by the Kashmiri Pandits and hosts a temple of Shakti, or Goddess, which is located in the middle part of the western slope of the hill. Shakti is worshipped there under the name Jagadamba Sharika Bhagawati (or simply Sharika) and depicted as having 18 arms and sitting in Shri Chakra, an emblem of cosmic energy pervading the universe.The hill is also called Pradyumna Peeth.On the day celebrated as Sharika's birthday, devotees make a sacrificial offering of taher-charvan to the goddess (taher - rice boiled with turmeric powder and mixed with oil and salt; charvan – cooked goat liver). This day is also called Har Navum.
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  • This is a fort which not too many tourists visit. There are around 250 steps that take you to the top of the fort. Not much to see in the fort but the climb gives a good view of the city  more »
  • Hari Parbat has a temple atop it.. the fort has a beautiful garden which is open for tourist s .. The fort offers a nice view  more »
  • Today 30th April, 2016, our last day in Srinagar but we are to cover many worth seeing places, marketing etc still then. So, after lunch we decided to pay our homage to Sharika Mata temple on Hari Par...  more »