Kashmiri Pandits celebrate Anant Chaturdashi

Kashmiri Pandits performing havan on Anant Chaturdashi at Nagbal on Monday.
Kashmiri Pandits performing havan on Anant Chaturdashi at Nagbal on Monday.

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Sept 24: Kashmiri Pandits today celebrated Anant Chaturdashi at Nagbal Anantnag.
Kashmiri Pandit devotees from all over the country thronged the temple of ancient spring, Nagbal, to celebrate the annual festival of Anant Chaturdashi with utmost devotion and gaiety for the universal peace and brotherhood.
All the necessary arrangements were made by the Anantnag Prabandhak Committee for smooth and successful conduct of the festival. Hundreds of devotees including children, young and old participated in two day festival. Hassle-free movement of devotees was ensured at the Nagabal premises. Bhajan and Kirtan continued for the whole day. Havan was also performed on the occasion.
The purnahuti was done by Vice President Babloo Ji Jad and Shadi Lal Pandit @ Raja Ji, which marked the culmination of the day’s proceedings. Later prasad was served to devotees till late evening.
After the purnahuti, the devotee also visited Devibal temple and Sufi shrine Ziarat Baba Hyder Reshi Shrine (Reshmol) in old town of Anantnag.
“Every year Anant Chaturdashi havan is performed for the welfare and peace in Jammu and Kashmir. The communal harmony one can witness here is unique,” said Babloo Ji Jad.
Maharaj Krishan Bamboo, who had overlooked the construction of Nagpal Temple, said that the Nagpal spring is the formation of the Sulphur spring and is attributed to Lord Vishnu or Narayana. This was well known as a vedic pilgrimage centre. The spring rises beautifully from the foot of a small hill-lock. The water level is constant throughout the year. “We used to bring here new food crop and used to pray here, but due to the militancy, it was all stopped. Now with the things improving, we are back here to revive our culture,” he said.
The main organizers, Jigen Ji Goja, Kaka Ji Koul and B K Wantoo thanked people from all the walks of life who have participated in the two day festival.
Nagpal temples have been thrown open by Kashmiri Pandits for worship in Anantnag in 2003. Anantnag is home to highly honored shrines from any faith, practicing it with utmost belief.