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Impressive Rath Yatra marks Janmashtami celebration in J&K

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JAMMU/SRINAGAR: The festival of Janmashtami, commemorating the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Krishna, was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety in J&K UT with temples witnessing huge rush of devotees since early this morning. Devotees thronged temples to pay their obeisance to Bhagwan Krishna on the occasion of Janmashtami.
Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir Management Trust Gandhi Nagar organized a grand celebrations of “Shree Krishan Janamashtami” starting with Ganesh and Nav Greh Pooja followed by a colourful Rath Yatra carrying the idols of Lord Krishna in a profusely decorated ‘Rath’ which started from Shree Lakshmi Narayan Mandir Gandhi Nagar accompanied by large number of devotees including Kavinder Gupta former DyCM and various other social and political personalities of Jammu, members and special invitees of the Trust led by Gulchain Singh Charak Former Minister and President of the Trust.
The Yatra passing through various temples including Shree Mahadev Mandir Gandhi Nagar, Bawa Dhudha Dhari Mandir Gandhi Nagar, Shri Dugra Mandir Rampura and Gole Market Gandhi Nagar etc.
Enroute various organizations had arranged water, cold drinks and other items as Parshad for the yatris.
Then the Yatra was culminated at the main complex Shree Lakshmi Narayan Mandir.
Thereafter from 2 pm to 5 pm Shree Bhagwat Katha was conducted by Swami Ajay Sharan Shastri of Varindavan. Thereafter various other programmes were organized, especially, dress competition in which hundreds of children wearing the dress of Radha – Krishan accompanied by their parents took part and were honoured by the management presenting them mementos.
Main attraction of the function was beautiful selfie point where a large number of people along with their wards were seen taking selfies. At 12:00 PM Maha-Arti was organized.
S.C Rekhi Gen Secy of the Trust speaking on the occasion thanked K.B Magotra D.C (Retd) convenor and other members of the function committee with whose efforts such a wonderful event could be organized in the end parshad was distributed.
The Janmashtami festival, marking the birth of Lord Krishna, was celebrated in Vaishno Devi Mandir, Puran Nagar, Bhagwati Nagar here on Thursday. Devotees are visiting temples to offer prayers to Lord Krishna. Mandir was tastefully decorated.
Mahant Lucky Baba, priest of Vaishno Devi Mandir, extended greetings and best wishes to all the devotees on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami.
He said that Bhagwan Krishna’s life and teachings included the message of well being and virtue.
“Janmashtami is of great spiritual significance for the devout,” he said adding that it reaffirms our faith in the victory of Dharma (righteousness) over Adharma (evil).
He expressed hope that this festival of devotion and gaiety will bring happiness, prosperity and good fortune in everyone’s life.
Earlier devotees in a large number visited the Mandir to pay obeisance to Bhagwan Krishna. They recited Bhajan and Kirtan during the Janmashtami celebration. Mahant Lucky Baba later distributed Parsad among all the devotees visited the Mandir.
KULGAM: Janmashtami was celebrated with great spiritual fervour and gaiety by the Kashmiri Pandit community at Kulgam.
The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kulgam, Dr.Bilal Mohi-Ud-Din Bhat, on this auspicious occasion today visited Vessu KP Colony and greeted the Hindu community on the festival eve.
Accompanying the DC were ADC Viqar Ahmed Giri,Tehsildar and other officers.

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