JAMMU, July 19: Former Deputy Chief Minister, Kavinder Gupta flagged off 17th Annual Chamunda Mata Chhari Yatra from Jammu to Ramsu Pogal in Ramban district.
Led by Rajeev Charak, hundreds of pilgrims including women and youth hailing from city and peripheral areas assembled at Bahu near Kali Mata Temple here this morning and marched in a procession with flags in their hands, dancing on the tunes of drumbeats and enchanting bhaints.
While flagging off Chhari Yatra of Chamunda Mata, former Deputy Chief Minister, Kavinder Gupta wished safe journey to the pilgrims and highlighted the need of such annual pilgrimages that inculcate a sense of spiritualism in the society. He also prayed for peace and prosperity of the State besides giving strength to the Army jawans and para-military forces in neutralizing anti-national elements as well as befitting reply to the enemies who are acting as stumbling blocks in State and nation’s growth.
“People especially youth must come forward and contribute in such functions that also helps in developing nationalism in them. Nation today requires youth participation to further grow and finally lead the world in all sectors,” said Kavinder Gupta.
Gupta stressed for active participation of respective District Administrations for identifying such places where such annual yatras are held with good strength and bring the places on the tourist maps of State.
Among others present were Bahadur Lal, Sharda Kumari, Anuradha Charak, Ankush Khajuria, Vivek Patyal, Indu Bhushan, Sunny Sangotra and Subash Chander.