Impressive Shoba Yatras taken out in Jammu, Srinagar on Ram Navami

An impressive Shoba Yatra being taken out on the occasion of Ram Navami at Jammu on Wednesday. Another pic on page 4. -Excelsior/Rakesh
An impressive Shoba Yatra being taken out on the occasion of Ram Navami at Jammu on Wednesday. Another pic on page 4. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Over 3 lakh devotees throng Bawe Wali Mata temple in Navratras

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU/SRINAGAR, Apr 17: An impressive Shoba Yatra was taken out in Jammu on the occasion of Ram Navami here today.
The grandiose Shoba Yatra was taken out by the J&K Dharmarth Trust in collaboration with Sanatan Dharam Sabha (SDS) Jammu and Dharmik Youvak Mandal.

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The Shoba Yatra started from Geeta Bhawan Parade earlier and passed through various markets including Residency Road, Rajinder Bazaar, Kanak Mandi, City Chowk, Purani Mandi, Link Road, Jain Bazaar, Chowk Chabutra, Pacca Danga, Moti Bazaar, Gita Bhawan, Ranbireshwar Temple, Shalamar Road, Indra Chowk, Hari Market, and successfully culminated at Shree Raghunath Ji Temple.
Scores of Jhankis depicting life of Lord Rama, Lakshman Ji, Sita Mata and Hanuman Ji taken on tractor trolleys and other four wheelers formed the part of Shoba Yatra. The routes where from the Shoba Yatra passed, were fully decorated with buntings and installation of welcome gates by the respective market organizations.
There was a beeline of people waiting enroute to have a darshan of Lord Rama whose Swari was taken out on a fully decorated chariot from Raghunath Bazaar. The devotees enroute showered flowers on Chariot carrying Lord Rama and Mata Sita.
The Shoba Yatra started from Geeta Bhawan where Puja Archana was performed by Sanatan Dharam Sabha (SDS) led by its president, Purshotam Dadichi. Over 200 volunteers attired in traditional Dogra dresses and Kesri turban participated in the Shoba yatra from there. Later it reached Hari Market where from traditional rath of Lord Rama was taken out to lead the Shoba Yatra.
Meanwhile, the Ram Navami celebrations commenced with Havan solemnized in the iconic Shree Raghunathji Temple in Jammu wherein Ranvijay Singh, Trustee of J&K Dharmarth Trust along with Brig (retd) R.S Langeh, president and Ashok Kumar Sharma, secretary participated and offered Puran Aahutis followed by grand Aarti in the holy sanctum-sanctorum of the Temple.
Heavy rush of devotees was witnessed at the historical Raghunath Ji temple where people made long queues to participate in “Pooja” and other holy rituals. Atal Dulloo, Chief Secretary also paid obeisance at Shree Raghunathji Temple on this auspicious occasion. Trustee Ajatshatru Singh, Divisional Commissioner, Ramesh Kumar and ADGP Jammu Zone Anand Jain also participated in the function. Thereafter, Rath Poojan and Dhwajarohan ceremonies were performed.
Tight security arrangements were ensured by the District Administration across the city for the smooth conduct of Ram Navami celebrations. During the Shoba Yatra various senior police officers also marked their presence to make arrangements robust and incident-free.
During the Shoba Yatra, dozens of traders and shopkeepers installed eatable stalls for the devotees accompanying the Rath Yatra.
In Srinagar city, Kashmiri Pandits took out Shoba Yatra on the auspicious occasion of Ram Navami festival here on Wednesday. The festival was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety by the members of Kasshmiri Pandit community and non local Hindus.
The Yatra with a group of children dressed in traditional attire was taken out from Kathleshwar temple in Tankipora area here and passed through the roads of Habbakadal, Ganpatyar, Barbar Shah, Regal Chowk, Lal Chowk, Hari Singh High Street and Jahangir Chowk, amid tight security arrangements.
Chanting “Hare Rama Hare Rama” slogans, a good number of Kashmiri Pandits accompanied the yatra that passed off peacefully. The devotees participating in the yatra were dancing and reciting hymns in praise of Lord.
Security forces were deployed at various points in strength as a precautionary measure.
A Kashmir Pandit accompanying the yatra said that with the taking out of the Shoba Yatra, the nine- day Navratra festival, concluded.
He said the special prayers for the peace and prosperity of the country and Jammu and Kashmir were conducted during all these days.
In Jammu, the nine day long Navratra festival concluded with immersion of Sakh in various rivers and canals. The beeline of people was seen on bank of river Tawi at Bikram Chowk and Harkipuri for immersion of Sakh. Besides, the devotees were seen immersing Sakh in Ranbir Canal, Tawi Canal and river Chenab (Chanderbagha) at Akhnoor Ghat. The devotees in large numbers thronged in city temples to pay obeisance to Goddess Durga and Lord Rama. The highest rush was seen in Raghunath temple, here where large number of devotees visited from different parts of the city to pay obeisance to Lord Rama.
As per reports, over 15, 000 devotees thronged the Bawe Wali Mata temple on Ram Navami today to pay obeisance to Goddess Maha Kali. There was a huge rush of devotees in the shrine from early in the morning. Reports said over three lakh devotees paid obeisance at the holy shrine during last nine days of Navratra.
Besides, thousands of devotees paid obeisance in the temples of Chechi Mata in Samba, Sukrala Mata and Balasundri in Billawar and Jasrota Fort in Kathua district during last nine days of Navratra festival.
The nine -day long spiritual activity also concluded at Bhagawaan Gopinathji Ashram Udaiwala, Bohri. During auspicious Navratras hundreds of devotees thronged the Ashram and participated in spiritual activities. A hawan was also performed in the Ashram which started on April 9 and culminated with Puran Ahuti today marking the end of festival. About 15 million mantras were recited during these days to invoke blessings of Mother Goddess. The devotees also prayed to Bhagawaanji for the well being of mankind.
The functions were held in other Ashrams of Bhagaawan Ji in Kashmir, Delhi, other parts of country and abroad.
Nine -day long Navratra celebrations passed off peacefully at Sharika Peeth Sanstha Subash Nagar with solemnising of Maha Yagya today. The hawan started yesterday evening and culminated with Puran Ahuti this afternoon. Hundreds of devotees thronged the shrine to participate in the religious function held under the president of Sanstha, M K Jalalai.
A Maha Yagya was also performed at Kashmiri Pandit Sabha Ambphalla on Durga Ashtami in a traditional way where large number of devotees participated and took Prashad after Puranahuti. The Hawan was performed under the supervision of Sabha president, K K Khosa.
A Maha Yagya on the auspicious occasion of Navratras was performed at Bhuvaneshori Asthapn Chandpora Harwan in Srinagar. The devotees were served Prashad after Puranaahuti.
In connection with Navratra festival a Maha Yagya was also solemnised at ancient shrine of Durga Nag in Srinagar on Durga Ashtami, the birthday of Goddess under the patronage of the president of the Durga Nag Trust, Vijay Bakaya. Large number of devotees drawn from different parts of Kashmir and Jammu participated in the religious function held for peace and human prosperity. The Trustees included Dr R L Dhar, Prof B L Zuthsi and Kundan Kashmiri under whose supervision the function was organised said that the Durga Nag is an ancient shrine dating back to Puranic period.
They said the Trust always solemnizes Maha Yagya’s during Durga Ashtami twice a year. During the Navratra festival also the chair of Mata Mathura Devi was installed in the newly constructed Mathura Devi Hall by the Trust.
Uma Bhagwati Asthapan celebrated Uma Jayanti of Mata Uma Bhagwati with religious fervour and gaiety, in this connection, a hawan was solemnized by Uma Bhagwati Asthapan Trust (UBAT) at Pokhri Bal Ashram, Bantalab under the presidentship of Girdhari Lal Pandita and hundreds of devotees participated in Puranhauti and they were later served with Prashad.