JAMMU, FEB 12: Minister of State for Education, Tourism and Culture, Priya Sethi today inaugurated the annual four-day Peer Kho Shivratri Mela in presence of MLA, Rajesh Gupta and Mahant Peer Kho, Peer Ravi Nath at Peer Kho.
ADC Arun Manhas, Deputy Director, Tourism Sushil Kumar Atri besides prominent citizens from all walks of life and senior officers of different departments were present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the government is committed to work towards development of tourism in the State adding that concerted efforts are being made to develop Peer Kho as a major religious tourist destination in the region.
Lauding Culture and other concerned departments for the preparations being made for the mela, the Minister said that such events will promote religious tourism besides boosting the economy of the area.
The Minister hoped that the festival will usher the State in the era of peace and prosperity.
Ethnic food stalls, fun rides and cultural programmes based on Shiv Parvati theme like tandav, Shiv barat, shiv-kali and bhajans devoted to Lord Shiva will be the main attractions of the annual mela.
Various social organizations and the Travel and Trade organisations will be participating during the event.
Earlier, the Minister visited Aap Shambhu Temple and took stock of the arrangements being put in place by different departments for the Mahashivratri festival.
The Minister asked Tourism, PHE, JMC, Health, Traffic, Police and other concerned departments to ensure the availability of all facilities for smooth and hassle free celebration of the festival.
The Minister paid obeisance at the shrine and prayed for the peace and prosperity of the State.
The Minister, on the occasion, also interacted with the devotees and members of the management at the shrines and enquired about the facilities available for the devotees.
Senior functionaries of concerned departments besides BJP’s District president Jammu Rural Omi Khajuria accompanied the Minister.