Governor N.N Vohra celebrating Lohri at Raj Bhavan.
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JAMMU: A function on the eve of Lohri was organised at Raj Bhavan in which Governor N.N Vohra and First Lady Usha Vohra joined the officers, staff and their families to celebrate Lohri.
Governor and First Lady extended Lohri greetings and offered traditional nuts and sweets to all those assembled on the occasion. They interacted with the children, families, and staff of the Governor’s Secretariat and wished them good health and happiness.
The Governor prayed for peace, harmony, progress, and prosperity in the State.
On the occasion of Lohri Festival, Veenayak Bazaar Traders Association organised a function in which Minster for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali and Secretary J&K Sports Council, Waheed ur Rehman Parra were the special guests.
Extending warm greetings to the people on the auspicious occasions of Lohri, Zulfkar prayed for the well-being and happiness of the people and wished that this festival would bring lasting peace and prosperity of the State.
Secretary Sports Council, Waheed ur Rehman Parra, who was also present on the occasion, greeted the people of the State on the occasion of Lohri.
On the occasion, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages performed different cultural programmes that carry message of peace, harmony and brotherhood.
Minister of State for Culture, Priya Sethi attended string of Lohri celebrations and dedicated the festival to the girl child.
To celebrate the festival, impressive functions were organised at Rani Park and Ghumat area where the bonfire was lit and people tossed sesame seeds, gur, sugar-candy and Rewaris on the bonfire, sing and dance on the beats of dhol. The minister also performed the traditional rituals and celebrated the festival among the locals of these areas. Audience at different places also supported the idea of celebrating Lohri for the girl child.
Senior BJP leader, Yudhvir Sethi besides prominent citizens from all walks of life also joined in celebrations along with members of Mohalla Sudhar Welfare Committee, Rani Park.
Jammu Central Mahajan Sabha also celebrated Lohri with religious fervour at Mahajan Bhawan Shalamar Road Jammu. President of the Sabha, Romesh Chander Gupta, MLA East Rajesh Gupta and members of Mahajan Sabha were also present.
Mahajan Sabha celebrated Lohri by distributing eatables and other usable gifts among children.
Others who were present include Om Parkash Gupta, Dr Mohan Lal Gupta, Yash Paul Gupta, Ravi Rohmetra, Aman Gupta, Sanjay Jandial, Judge Shakti Gupta and C.P Gupta.
Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Fighters Association (JKFFA) celebrated Lohri Festival which at SOS Home for Mentally Retarded children in Channi Rama.
Shri Ram Sena, State President Rajiv Mahajan was the Chief Guest while Tej Ram Dogra was the Guest of Honour on the occasion.
“Our endeavour always is to spread happiness and sunshine among these children who have suffered on various accounts, be it violence or some other reason,” Rajiv Mahajan said.
Association President Ved Gandotra said that these traditional festivals help us to recognise the invaluable contribution of farmers to the society.
Lohri celebrations at SOS Home for Mentally Retarded children in Channi Rama.
Others were present include Gajan Singh Khalsa, Davinder Singh, J.S Singh, Sukh Mohinder Singh, Baldev Raj, Rajinder Singh and Billu.
Meanwhile, State unit of BJP celebrated Lohri with traditional fervour here at Party Headquarters.
J&K State BJP led by its State President and MLA Sat Sharma along with State General Secretary (Org.) Ashok Kaul, State Vice-Presidents Parmod Kapahi, Karan Singh, Bharat Bhushan Bodi, State General Secretary Harinder Gupta, other senior leaders and party activists celebrated Lohri with full religious fervour and enthusiasm while the traditional fire was lit and various nuts and sweets were offered. The enthusiastic workers performed Bhangra on the tunes of drum beats and congratulated each other on the occasion at Party Headquarters, Trikuta Nagar.
Speaking on the occasion, Sat Sharma said that festivals are harbinger of peace and prosperity and people should celebrate these with mutual amity and togetherness. He also wished people the best of health and joyful time ahead.
Ashok Kaul while wishing all the activists on the joyous occasion, called for promoting peace and mutual brotherhood between various communities for ensuring development of the common masses and said that humanity is above all the things in this material world.
BJP District Jammu under the leadership of its District President Baldev Singh Billawaria celebrated Lohri festival amongst the Leprosy patients and distributed eatables amongst them. BJP MLCs Girdhari Lal Raina, Sofi Yousuf, Surinder Ambardar, State Secretaries Sanjay Baru, Rajinder Sharma, Varinderjit Singh, Arvind Gupta, Jaidev Rajwal, Praduman Singh, N.D Rajwal, Chander Mohan Sharma, Rajeev Charak, Dr. Pardeep Mahotra, Tilak Gupta, Karan Sharma, J.D Singh, Harbans Singh, Malvinder Singh (Shanty), Dharminder Kumar, District President Ayodhya Gupta, Puneet Mahajan and Deepak Kumar were also present.
Dogra Sadar Sabha (DSS) also celebrated Lohri at the Dogra Bhawan in the DSS complex with full gaiety and spirit of traditional inter-communal brotherhood.
President DSS and former Minister, Gulchain Singh Charak narrated the story of the famous folk lore of “Dulla Bhatti” as to how this brave man from Muslim community saved the honour of a Hindu girl and cared for her as his own daughter. All the festivals in our diverse country are related to seasons and agriculture and are celebrated together jointly by all communities without distinction of class or creed.
Among those who attended the Lohri celebration include Prem Sagar Gupta, Col. Dr. V.K Sahi, VrC, Prof N.K Dogra, Gambhir Dev Singh Charak, Romesh Singh, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Ashok Gupta and Vidya Sagar Sharma.
Shri Santan Dharam Sabha (SDSS) Jammu celebrated Lohri at Geeta Bhawan, Parade here with great pomp and show.
MLA Jammu East Rajesh Gupta presided over the Lohri festival with Chief Guest Sham Lal Choudhar, PHE Minister.
MoS Tourism, Priya Sethi, MLCs Ashok Khajuria, Ramesh Arora, Vikram Randhawa and Munesh Sharma, VC JKFED were also present.
The programme was inaugurated with the lighting of the auspicious lamp and Sarswati Vandana.
PHE Minister Sham Lal and other BJP legislators celebrating Lohri at Geeta Bhawan.
During the programme children of the schools sponsored by SSDS, Jammu, SD Tara Puri School, Gandhi Nagar, SD Kanya Vidayla Julaka Mohalla and S.D High School Rehari graced the occasion with colourful mesmerizing cultural programmes.
Sham Choudhary extended warm wishes to people of Jammu and Kashmir on the Lohri festival and prayed for the well-being, happiness, peace and prosperity of the people and State.
President Santan Dharam Sabha, Bodh Raj Sharma extended wishes to all the people of J&K and threw light on the achievements and functioning of the Sabha.
There was gaiety and festivity in the air and a bonfire was lit marking a symbolic farewell to the winter.
Chief Patron, Jagdish Dogra, General Secretary, Parbhat Singh, Vice President, Bodh Raj, Treasurer, Dr. Sanjay Koushal, Secretary, Dalip Gupta and Kuldeep Sharma along with other active members of the SSDS, J&K prayed for the well-being, prosperity and happiness of the people and wished that these festivals would bring lasting peace and prosperity to the State.
Dogra Brahman Pratinidhi Sabha celebrated Lohri Festival with fervour and enthusiasm.
In this connection, a colourful function was held in the Sabha premises wherein people from all walks of life participated. The function was presided over by the Vice-President, Verinder Mohan Magotra. Advocate P.C Sharma highlighted the religious background of Lohri Festival. Chander Mohan Sharma Convenor, Tawi Bachao Andolan stressed upon the young generation to follow the path of brotherhood and communal harmony.
Nanak Chand Sharma, M.L Sharma, Satya Nand Sharma, Shiv Ram Sharma, Jagan Nath Sharma, Subash Shastri, Gurdas Sharma, Dr Som Dutt Magotra, Girdhari Lal Sharma, Sat Pal Sharma, Romesh Sharma, Raman Sharma, Jia Lal Sharma, Shanti Saroop Baru, K.L Sharma, Chander Shekhar, Nitin Dharmat and Kuldeep Modi were also present.
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