Deep within the off shoots of the beautiful valley of Kashmir sits the village of Gund Gushi. The breath taking beauty of the valley encapsulates the very unconquered spirit of the men, women & children who reside in this village. Away from the hustle, violence, pollution, politics and unending greed of the hinterland reside a group of marvelous human beings who live in tune with Mother Nature in a simple, contented and happy life. Gund Gushi is located in the district of Kupwara. With a total population of about two thousand people Gund Gushi is a peaceful village away from the bustling life of the city with an indescribable tranquillity and serene atmosphere. The village is rich in nature’s bounty and invites inquisitiveness and curiosity.
Gund Gushi was established by Kashi Shi,son of Raja Loh (the settler of Lolab). Pandits of Gushi were known as Akhoons who were highly educated. The village was home to about thirty five Kashmiri Pandit families comprising nearly two hundred fifty members in the 20th century. The village has a myriad of legends, beliefs, tales and hearsay stories which form a part of its history. The land of Gushi Rangwar is sanctified and hallowed Reshi Peer, the renowned and celebrated saint of Kashmir, who spent his childhood days in the village.
A Goddess Sharda temple is also situated in the village which is sacred to both Hindus and Muslim community of the region. The Temple is situated at Rangwar Gushi and is surrounded by lush green trees. The holy spring known as the Sharda Spring is believed to have healing powers.The village has a myriad of legends, beliefs, tales and hearsay stories which form a part of its history. People from various walks of life visit the temple and take blessings from Goddess Sharda. Goddess Sharda is believed to have visited this temple from the famous Sharda Peeth Shrine located at the village Dhrov, presently in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Until the late 1940s, the annual pilgrimage to Sharda Peeth would commence from Gund Gushi. Thousands of devotees of Goddess Sharda including Sadhus and Saints travelled from various parts of the country to participate in the pilgrimage.
The village is blessed by ‘Peer Pandit Padshah’, Reshi Peer, the renowned and celebrated Saint of Kashmir, who spent his childhood in the village. Gund Gushi is also home to three magnificent Chinar trees, which are reverently known as ‘Reshi Peer in Booni‘. They are believed to have been planted by Reshi Peer himself. Gund Gushi is a symbol of the syncretic culture and rich history that prevails throughout the Kashmir Valley.