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JAMMU: In the ongoing Navratra Festival at Lakshmi Narayan Temple Complex Gandhi Nagar, the most exciting and colourful Garba dance by young girls electrified the religious atmosphere here last night, being the fifth night of Navratra.
In fact, Navratra Festival in Gujarat and elsewhere in the country is better known by Garba and Dandiya dances which are marked by exhilarating rhythmic movement of the body steps from left side to right side and in a full circle to the melodious tunes of popular Bhajans.
The festival is dedicated to Goddess Durga who symbolises the victory of good over evil. Over 40 girl students of local educational institutions, presented Garba dance, first in separate groups representing their respective institutions and then collectively. The religious musical evening commenced with the lighting of the traditional lamp amidst recitation of Mantras. The President of Shri Lakshmi Narayan Temple Management Trust, Gulchain Singh Charak, Secretary S.C Rekhi and other members of the Trust too lit the lamp.
The students of SD Tarapuri School bagged first position in the Garba Competition while the Government Girls High School got the second position. The students of the Dogra College of Education who presented Dandiya dance would be given a special prize for their excellent performance.
Speaking after the entertaining performance, Charak commended the performances of the young girls and said that it has the effort of the trust to inculcate the values and spirit of Hindu religion among the youth to appreciate the religion along with improving the environment in the Temple Complex for devotees to worship with full religious sanctity. He said the Navratra Festival has become an annual feature which is attracting increasing number of devotees and participants in various competitions.
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