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BHADARWAH: Scores of devotees converged at ancient Vasuki Nag Temple Ghatha, in Bhadarwah Tehsil of District Doda, to join ‘Charri’ (Holy Mace) of Kailash Yatra, a symbol of Nag culture in Jammu and Kashmir.
The devotees from different parts of the country thronged 2067 year old Temple believed to be the House of Lord Vasuki Nag (Serpent God), to take part in three day long Kailash Yatra. The Yatra along with Holy Mace, which started from the ancient Vasuki Temple Ghatha, will reach Holy Kailash Kund on 8th of this month.
Every year thousands of pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere participate in ‘Kailash Yatra’ which commences on the 14th day after ‘Shravan Purnima’. This pilgrimage is considered as one of the toughest as pilgrims have to trekk 21 Km of steep Kailash Mountain Range to reach the holly Kund (Lake), which is situated at a height of 14,700 Ft from the sea level, where devotees take a dip in the ice-cold water to take the blessings of Serpent God.
MLC Naresh Kumar Gupta, MLA Bhadarwah Daleep Singh Parihar, State President Janta Dal (S) Mast Nath Yogi and President Sanatan Dharam Sabha Bhadarwah Ved Kumar Kotwal also joined the Charri.
Thousands of devotees especially from other states who converge at high altitude lake ‘Kailash Kund’ with religious fervour, get spellbound after witnessing and feeling the mystic beauty and hypnotising effects of ancient Nag Culture.
Meanwhile tight security arrangements have been made for the Yatra in which police, CRPF and army jawans have been deployed all along 21 Km route.
“We have made elaborate security arrangements as we have been preparing for this Yatra for the last two months and besides sleuths of Police, CRPF has also been deployed all along the route to provide foolproof security to the pilgrims,” said ASP Bhadarwah Rajinder Singh adding that army has sensitised all the high altitude reaches surrounding the Yatra route.
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