JAMMU, Feb 26: To preserve their cultural, religious and linguistic heritage, hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits attended the ‘Samohik Mahashivratri Samaroh’, organized by Sanjeevani Shardha Kendra, Bohri at Jagti, here today.
Swami Rameshwar Das Tyagi was the chief guest on the occasion, while Prof PN Trisal was the guest of honour. Prof TN Shalla, chairman Sanjeevani Shardha Kendra and Dwarika Nath Ji were the special guests.
The ‘Samaroh’ began with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the chief guest and other dignitaries on the occasion, which was followed by a welcome address presented by social activist, Radhesham Mussa, who highlighted the activities and achievements of Sanjeevani Shardha Kendra, Anand Nagar, Bohri, Jammu.
The welcome address was followed by a ‘bhajan’ sung by prominent Kashmiri singer, Shanti Lal Sidh, which was followed by Saraswati Vandana and Shiv Tandav presented by Antra and group.
Pooja from Naveen Public School, Nagrota presented a touching song ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’, while the students of Sanjeevani Shardha Kendra’s Computer Institute Jagti headed by their teacher, Suman also presented a religious song, which was followed by beautiful presentations by Oshin Bhat and Vanshi.
The highlight of the programme was a skit ‘Daie Sinz Daie Gath’ presented by Vomedh Rang Manch. This skit, which was directed by Rohit Bhat and written by Ravinder Dhar, enthralled the entire audience. Acting skills of famous stage and TV artists, Jatinder Jotshi and Daizy Bazaz, simply mesmerized all present on the occasion. These two artists in the skit were supported by actors Arvind and Rahul Pandita.
On the occasion, the chief guest and the other dignitaries presented certificates to the students of the Kendra’s Computer Centre.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest, Swami Tyagi Ji threw light on the significance of Mahashivratri and said that Kashmir has been the example of ‘Sanatanism’ from times immemorial, adding that it was from Parihaspura, the grand capital of ancient Kashmir, Raja Lalityaditya launched war against Arabs, Tibet and other powers and emerged victorious.
Earlier, eminent scholar Pardeep Kaul threw light on the history of Parihaspura.
The proceedings of the programme were conducted by Pyare Lal Bhat, while the vote of thanks was presented by Dr MK Bharat.