STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: The Jammu city on Sunday was soaked in colours of Baisakhi celebrations as Gurdwaras were decked up to mark the birth of Khalsa Panth on this day in 1699. The festival was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety by holding several functions and fairs in Jammu. The Gurdwaras were tastefully decorated and special prayers were offered by the thousands of devotees. On the occasion of Baisakhi, which is also known as ‘harvest festival’, the famous annual Mela at Ranbir Canal, Rajinder Park, Jammu was held by raising a large number of temporary shops and stalls in form of an impressive market. There were special attractions for children including joy rides and food stalls. Thousands of people from Jammu city and adjoining areas thronged the Mela site. The local administration had made elaborate arrangements to provide basic facilities besides foolproof security. On the occasion, people took a dip in Ranbir Canal, river Tawi, Chenab, Ravi, Basantar and Devika in Udhampur while many paid visit to religious shrines of Purmandal and Utterbehni. Huge rush of devotees was also witnessed at Har-ki-Pauri, near Bahu Fort. At Akhnoor also, a large number of people had holy dip in river Chenab. Devika Baisakhi Mela on the banks of the sacred Devika rivulet began in Udhampur. District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, Dr. Piyush Singla, Additional District Development Commissioner, Udhampur Ashok Kumar, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Gurvinderjeet Singh, General Manager DIC, Suram Chand Sharma and District Information Officer, Udhampur Er. Sajad Bashir Somberai were present on the occasion.
On the occasion, the DDC said that such Melas bring people of different religions and regions closer which would help to maintain harmony amongst all the sections of the society. DDC emphasized on maintaining cleanliness of the venue and sought cooperation from the prominent citizens and visitors in making the venue a polythene free zone.
During the Mela, the District Information Center, Udhampur has arranged cultural programme based on local folk culture. The historical Devika mela which started today shall continue for three days till April 16.
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