‘Shiv Barat’ released in Jammu city with religious fervor – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism

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‘Shiv Barat’ was released in Jammu City on Monday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Maha Shivratri Melas begins at Shiv Khori, Peer Kho

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 28th February: On the eve of Mahashivratri, a grand ‘Shiv Barat’ procession was taken through the city of Jammu with religious fervor, here today.
Amid drumbeats and the chanting of religious slogans in praise of Lord Shiva, the procession passed through the main bazaars of the old city before its climax at the Ranbireshwar Mandir near Shalamar Chowk from where it had started.
Featuring mythical scenes of `Shiv Barat’, performers dressed as Lord Shiva, Parvati and their Baratis were the main attraction of the traditional procession on the eve of Mahashivratri.
Children and young people were dressed in various forms of Lord Shiva and his followers in the Shiv Barat while religious preachers, Sadhus and prominent citizens were also part of the procession, which was reported by J&K Administrator Ajatshatru Singh Dharmarth Trust, with his wife Ritu Singh.
People on the way welcomed the procession by laying flowers on Lord Shiva’s chariot. The welcome gates were erected by bazaar associations at various places to greet the Barat. Various traders, religious organizations in the old city had organized Bhandaras at various places for the devotees.
The administration had also made elaborate arrangements for the smooth running of the religious procession in addition to ensuring adequate deployment of police forces along the way to avoid any untoward incidents.
The procession, led by Lord Shiva’s chariot and followed by various arrays of religious and social organizations, passed through City Chowk, Indira Chowk, Hari Market, Raghunath Bazar Chowk, Residency Road, Shahidi Chowk, Rajinder Bazar, Kanak Mandi, Old Hospital Road, Purani Mandi, Link Road, Jain Bazar, Chowk Chabutra, Mubarak Mandi, Panjtirthi, Pacca Danga and Parade Chowk before culminating at Ranbireshwar Temple.
Earlier, Ajatshatru Singh and his wife performed Puja and other rituals at Ranbireshwar Mandir. The religious procession was organized by Onkar Sharma (Nandi Ji), Chairman of Shri Ranbireshwar Mandir Welfare Committee (SRMWC) in collaboration with Dharmarth Trust.
Meanwhile, Tourism Authority, Jammu has organized Maha Shivratri Mela in Shiv Khori, Reasi and Peer Kho Jammu.
The four-day Mela in Shivkhori, Ransoo is organized in collaboration with the district administration, Reasi and the Shree Shiv Khori shrine council. The inauguration of this mela was done jointly by Saraf Singh Nag, President of DDC, Mohd. Suleman Choudhary, DIG, Babila Rakwal, Deputy Commissioner, Reasi (Vice Chairperson of Shiv Khori Shrine Board) in the presence of Raghav Langer, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu and Vivekanand Rai, Director of Tourism, Jammu.
The four-day programs at both locations will include cultural performances including devotional song/dance, dangal, etc. The Division Commissioner hopes that the festival will usher UT Jammu and Kashmir into the era of peace and prosperity. He also toured the stands that have been set up by different departments at the site.
Natasha Kalsotra, Co-Director of Tourism, Jammu, Naresh Kumar, Deputy Director of Tourism, Jammu, Rahul Mahajan, Accountant, in addition to eminent citizens from all works of life and senior officers from different departments were present at the occasion . A special audio campaign is also being run on all major FM channels by the Department of Tourism.
Additionally, the temple complexes of Utterbehni and Purmandal were illuminated on this occasion to give the shrine a festive look.

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