JAMMU, Sept 21: Muharram processions were taken out in Jammu and various other districts and Sub Divisions across the region today.
In connection with the Muharram (Youm-e-Ashura), a large number of mourners, mostly clad in black dress took out Ashura procession from Peer Mitha mosque. The Shia Muslim community members observe martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain on this day, which falls on the Tenth day of Muharram month of Islamic calendar.
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Beating their chests, the mourners including young boys, reciting ‘Marcia’ were heading towards various city markets including Peer Mitha, Lakhdata Bazar, Rajinder Bazar, Shahidi Chowk, Wazarat Road and then towards Imambara at the bank of river Tawi on Circular Road.
Some of the young mourners were sweating in blood as they were beating chests with full might but they apparently were found fully immersed in the devotion towards Hazrat Muhammed. They all were reciting ‘Marcia’ loudly through out the procession. A large number of students hailing from Kargil area Ladakh and studying in various colleges of Jammu, also participated in this religious procession.
The District Police had made elaborate security arrangements with the deployment of additional police and para-military force personnel. Deputy Commissioner Jammu Ramesh Kumar and SSP, Vivek Gupta besides several senior officers were closely monitoring the security arrangements. The procession which was commenced at around 4 pm from Peer Mitha was culminated at Imambara at Circular Road near Tawi bank at around 6.30 pm. The District authorities had diverted the traffic to other routes.
In Poonch and Mendhar (Gursai) also similar religious processions were taken out in which thousands of members of Shia Muslim community participated. In Surankote, a grand Muharram procession was taken out on Thursday.
Reports of Muharram processions were also received from Kishtwar, Doda, Bhadrwah, Ramban, Udhampur, Rajouiri and other parts of the region.