BHADARWAH, Sept 6: Hundreds of devotees converged at ancient Vasuki Nag Temple Ghatha to participate in Kailash Kund Yatra, a symbol of Nag culture in Jammu and Kashmir.
The devotees from different parts of the country thronged 2067 year old Temple believed to be the house of Lord Vasuki Nag (Serpent God), to take part in three day long Kailash Yatra. The Yatra along with holy Mace, which started from the ancient Vasuki Temple Ghatha today will reach holy Kailash Kund on September 8.
Every year thousands of pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir and other States participate in ‘Kailash Yatra’ which commences on the 14th day after ‘Shravan Purnima’. This pilgrimage is considered as one of the toughest as pilgrims have to trek 21 kilometers of steep Kailash mountains range to reach the holy Kund (Lake), which is situated at a height of 14700 feet from the sea level, where devotees take a dip in the ice-cold water to take the blessings of Serpent God.
MLC Naresh Kumar Gupta, MLA Bhadarwah Daleep Singh Parihar, State President Janta Dal (S) Mast Nath Yogi and President Sanatan Dharam Sabha Bhadarwah Ved Kumar Kotwal also joined the Charri.
“I came to know about this pilgrimage during my Amarnath Yatra and I decided to join this ancient Nag Yatra. Now, I am here for the second consecutive year. This is one of the most mesmerizing pilgrimage and leaves you spellbound”, said a pilgrim from Surat Gujarat, Rosaina Modi.
Meanwhile tight security arrangements have been made for the Yatra in which police, CRPF and Army Jawans have been deployed all along the 21 kilometer route.
Earlier, Speaker J&K Legislative Assembly Dr Nirmal Singh flagged off the historical three-day annual Kailash Kund Yatra here from Vasuki Nag Temple, Dudu, Tehsil Chenani of district Udhampur. Large number of pilgrims hailing from across the Northern region started their pilgrimage early this morning with enthusiasm and traditional fervor.
MLA Chenani, Dina Nath Bhagat, MLA Ramnagar, R S Pathania, District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, Ravinder Kumar, Director Tourism, Om Parkash Bhagat, Sub Divisional Magistrate Dudu, Abdul Sattar, SDPO Chenani, Chander Jeet Singh, district/sectoral officers of various departments, Vasuki Nag Kailash Kund Committee members including a large number of devotees were present on the occasion.