JAMMU, MAR 25: The festival of Ram Navami was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety here today. People in large numbers thronged various temples across the city since early morning to offer prayers and seek blessings.
The day, which marks the culmination of Chaitra Navratri, is also celebrated as the birth of Lord Rama. Huge rush of devotees was witnessed at the famous Raghunath temple and Maha Kali Mata temple. The Bikram Chowk was abuzz with people since early morning as devotees were seen waiting for the Matadors to visit the Kali Mata temple.
Long queues of devotees chanting Bhajans were seen outside the temples, especially at the Raghunath temple and the Kali Mata temple.
Meanwhile, a religious procession was taken out on the occasion in which thousands of people participated. The procession, depicting various aspects of Lord Rama’s life, passed through different parts of the city before culminating at the Raghunath temple.
The trustee of Dharmarth Trust, Vikramaditya Singh and President B R Kundal attended Ram Navami Rath Yatra Poojan at Raghunath Temple. In this connection an impressive and grand Rath Yatra was taken out today. The main attractions of this year’s Rath Yatra was motor cycle riders attired in Dogra dress by Team Jammu, 5-feet high-burning agarbatti to spread the fragrance, brass band and horse riders preceding the Rath and the participants were attired in traditional Dogri dress.
Another attraction was that the management of almost all the temples other than the temples and shrines managed by the trust participated in this magnificent Yatra. Mobile toilet van accompanied the Yatra.
Volunteers of NCC managed the smooth flow of the participants besides providing any assistance required by the participants. The main Royal Rath was tastefully decorated with a different and attractive look. Jhankhis led by the Royal Rath started from Historic Temple of Shree Raghunath Ji and after passing through various bazaars viz. Residency Road, Rajinder Bazaar, Kanak Mandi, City Chowk, Purani Mandi, Link Road, Jain Bazaar, Chowk Chabutra, Panthtirthi, Mubarak Mandi, Moti Bazaar, Raj Tilak Road culminated at Shree Raghunath Ji Temple.
Secretary J&K Dharmarth Trust Ajay Singh Jamwal, Gian Sharma, Ravinder Mittal, Baldev Khullar, Rajesh Bindal of Shoba Yatra Samiti and other office bearers of the Dharmarth Trust besides a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
People from other faiths were also seen greeting their Hindu brethren on the auspicious day. Muslim Federation also welcomed the Rath Yatra.
Tight security arrangements were made across the city for the smooth conduct of celebrations and senior police officers were also present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, devotees also offered special prayers on the banks of river Tawi where they had gone for immersion of Saakh.
Raghunath Bazaar Welfare Association, Sanatan Dharma Sabha, Rajput Sabha, Brahaman Sabha, Mahajan Sabha, Khatri Sabha, Raghunath Bazaar Heritage Society and various social originations actively participated in the Ram Navami celebrations.
Meanwhile, Ram Navami was also celebrated in Kathua with religious fervour. An impressive Shoba Yatra was taken out in Kathua from Ram Leela ground. The Shoba Yatra comprising various Jhankhis on Lord Rama’s life passed through various areas of the town. A large number of devotees participated in the Shoba Yatra. MLA Kathua, Rajiv Jasrotia also participated in the Shoba Yatra and urged the people to commit themselves for building a prosperous, peaceful and harmonious society.