Devotees rejoice as wait for snow ends on Kanchoth festival in J-K’s Bhaderwah


The wait for snowfall in this picturesque valley of Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district ended on Wednesday, coinciding with the local ‘Kanchoth’ festival — a symbol of the ancient Nag culture.

Believing it to be a good omen for humanity in general and their community in particular, women devotees dressed in their colourful best thronged temples in the snow and, as per tradition, broke their fasts.

The festival is celebrated by Nag devotees across the Chenab Valley — Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban districts, besides some parts of Udhampur and Kathua districts in the Jammu region and Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba district.