STATE TIMES NEWSBHADARWAH: Three day Baisakhi Festival-A symbol of Nag Culture, was celebrated in mountainous Bhadarwah region with full religious fervor and gaiety. The ancient festival, which marks the beginning of spring in this hilly region was celebrated for three days at different places symbolising the ancient Naga cult of Bhadarwah. The first celebration was held on 13th of April at Subar Dhar 30 Km from Bhadarwah. On the occasion doors of 700-year-old Subar Nag Temple were thrown open. Hundreds of Nag devotees thronged the Subar Nag meadow to pay obeisance to the lord Subar Nag.On this occasion dozens of sheep were sacrificed as per ancient custom. On the second day (14th April) doors of another ancient Nag Temple located in the dense forest on a hilltop known as Nagni Mata were opened for the devotees. Hundreds of pilgrims from across the state and elsewhere reached Baghwati Nagni Devi Temple for her blessings where beside paying obeisance at the Temple participated in traditional “Dheku Dance”. And today on the final day of Baisakhi festival, people from all walks of life through ancient Gatha Temple which resides the main deity of Naga cult-The Vasuki Nag. People were seen in traditional and colourful dresses greeting one another and seeking blessings of Vasuki Nag.UDHAMPUR: Department of Information and Public Relations in collaboration with Bureau of outreach communication Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India presented a scintillating Cultural Programmes on the second day of three day Historic Devika Baisaki Mela here on the banks of the holy rivulet. The Mela is being organised by District Administration Udhampur. A large number of people witnessed the cultural bonanza. Local artists of district Udhampur presented cultural items like folk dance, Geetru depicting rich Dogra culture which was highly appreciated by the audience. Thousands from within and outside the district thronged Baisakhi mela and took holy dip in the pious Devika Ghat on its second day. The temporary stalls of sweets, toys and accessories attracted a huge rush of people. A large number of men, women, and children were seen enjoying fun rides. Mela Officer, Mohit Gupta, in charge Bureau of outreach Communication Ministry of Information and Broad casting Government of India, Gurnam Singh and officials of Information Department besides a large number of prominent citizen were present on the occasion.
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