STATE TIMES NEWSBHADARWAH: Like other parts of the country as well as Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, MahaShivratri festival was celebrated across Chenab region with religious fervor and gaiety on Friday. People from different age groups, including children, young and elders, thronged the Shiv temples for paying obeisance to Lord Shiva and offering water and milk on the holy Shivlingam. The devotees especially offered Bael and Bael Patri (Golden Apple and its leaves) to Lord Shiva while chanting ‘Om Namah Shivaya’. At Bhadarwah devotees throng towards the Historical Gupt Ganga Temple since early in the morning where main function was organized.
On the occasion, special arrangements were made in all the Shiv temples of Doda district, particularly ancient Gupt-Ganga temple near Jai Road Bhadarwah and Shiv temple Linghai Gatha, where heavy rush of devotees was witnessed throughout the day. The devotees, including men, women and children, were seen waiting in queues for their turn to reach near the Shivlingam for paying obeisance and offering water with flowers.
While speaking devotees Diksha and Poonam of Bhadarwah said that on the occasion of Mahashivaratri, married and unmarried women perform Puja with great faith, as Goddess Parvati who is also called ?Gaura?, is regarded as the giver of ?Suhag? (good husbands), marital bliss and a long and prosperous married life. To facilitate the devotees, the administration had also made elaborate arrangements besides ensuring adequate security around the temples to ensure peaceful conduct of religious celebration. Individuals and organisations had organized Bhandaras near temples where people were served sweets and light refreshment.
KATHUA: Around 80,000 devotees and followers throng lord Shiva’s Mahanaal Shiv Caves on Mahashivratri festival located at nearby Jakhole Place in Kathua district. More than 80,000 devotees and followers from districts of Jammu, Samba and Kathua including pilgrims from Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab States visited Lord Shiva’s Mahanaal State for the pompous celebration of Mahashivratri. The devotees were lined up to get a glimpse of Lord Shiva’s Mahanaal and sought blessings on Mahashivratri.
RAMBAN: Mahashivratri, was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety across the district Ramban concurrently with other parts of the country. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ramban Haseeb Ur Rehman, ASP Sanjay Parihar, Dy SP Asgar Malik, Officers civil administration, Spiritual Leader, Dr. Mohan Lal, President Maha Shivratri Celebration Committee, Ramban, Kunal Magotra, President Snatan Dharm Sabha, Gopal Krishan Raina, Ashok Puri, Chairman, Nation First Trust, Neeraj Singh Chib, Vaneet Verma and various other prominent citizens participating in the Shoba Yatra. On the occasion a Shiv Shobha Yatra was taken out depicting Shiv Bharat in which a large number of devotees participated.
Devotees joined the procession on the way. The Shobha Yatra was started from Pracheen Shiv Mandir, Maitra, and passed through areas including Govind Pura Maitra, Boli Bazaar, Main Bazaar Ramban, and finally culminated at Ragunath Mandir Ramban. The devotees were also offered Prasad on the way and they recited hymns of Lord Shiva. The District and Police administration Ramban made adequate security and other arrangements for the convenience of devotees. People of different communities besides devotees including men, women and children standing alongside the Shobha Yatra route welcomed the Yatra. Meantime Langer was also organised by the Snatan Dharm Sabha at Maitra and by the locals at Ramban. Speaking on the occasion SSP lauded the efforts of public of Ramban for maintaining exemplary brotherhood; tranquility and peace in the district. Meantime organizing committee also felicitated the SSP Ramban.
NOWSHERA: Mahashi vratri was celebrated at Nowshera with religious fervour and gaiety. Large number of devotees including men, women and children gaily clad visited various temples and performed Pooja Archana. The religious organisation Mahashivratri Shiv Shankar Sewa Samiti like every year organised 4th Vishal Bhandara in which Langar was distributed among thousands of people. Prominent among those who organized Bhandara include Neeraj Kumar, Babal Choudhary, Rishi Bharti, Suresh Raina and Rakesh Sharma.
AKHNOOR: Thousands of devotees paid obeisance at historical temple of Kameshwar Swami in Akhnoor on Mahashivratri. Arrangements like of Mela , Bhagwat Geeta Saptah and other arrangements of Kameshwar temple premises were done by Maha Mandleshwar Mahant Rameshwar Dass Ji Maharaj. Mahant Rameshwar Dass while interacting with media said that this temple of Bhagwan Kameshwar Swami is very historical temple from the time when there was Yudh between Kourav and Pandav in Dawapar Yug in the presence of Lord Krishana. Former MLA Akhnoor Rajeev Sharma also paid obeisance in the temnple and sought blessings of Bhagwan Kameshwar Swami. On the occasion Akhnoor Police also installed a stall of Kheer and Falahar under the supervision of SDPO Akhnoor Ajay Sharma and SHO Akhnoor Pardeep Sharma.
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