JAMMU, Apr 13: Ramnavami-the birthday of Lord Shri Rama, was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety across Jammu region.
Devotees in large numbers thronged various temples across the region since early morning to offer prayers and seek blessings of ‘Maryada Purshotam’. In Jammu city, the temples were abuzz with large number of devotees paying their obeisance and participating in Bhajans and Kirtans. Temples were specially decorated with bunting and flags.
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The day also coincides with culmination of nine day long Navratra festival. The main function of Ramnavami was held in the historical Raghunath Ji Temple in Jammu city where large number of devotees worshipped and paid their obeisance to Lord Rama and other Gods and Goddesses.
On this auspicious occasion, an impressive Shobha Yatra was taken out in Jammu city jointly by J&K Dharmarth Trust, Raghunath Bazaar Welfare Association, Sanatan Dharma Sabha, Rajput Sabha, Brahaman Sabha, Mahajan Sabha, Khatri Sabha, Raghunath Bazaar Heritage Society and various other social and religious organizations.
The Shobha Yatra started from Shri Raghunath Mandir and culminated at same places after passing through various bazaars of the city including Rajinder Bazar, City Chowk, Purani Mandi, Jain Bazar, Mubarak Mandi, Moti Bazar, Raj Tilak Road. Scores of tableau depicting life and teaching of Lord Rama were beautifying the Shobha Yatra. ‘Jhankis’ of various social and religious organisations participated in the procession. All the Jhankis were depicting teaching of Lord Rama which inspires us to follow the path of justice, morality and sacrifice in every aspect of life.
A large number of devotees, chanting slogans in praise of Marayada Purshotam Lord Rama, accompanied the Shobha Yatra from Shri Raghunath Temple to entire city. Jai Shri Ram and Marayada Purshotam Bhagwan Ram Ki Jai repeatedly rented in the air as devotees were shouting slogans in praise of Lord Rama.
Associations of different bazaars have installed Langers and Chabbils for the devotees participating in the Shobha Yatra. Loudspeakers airing bhajans in praise of Lord Rama were also installed at all important chowks. Thousands of people thronged routes of the Shobha Yatra to have glimpses of traditional Rath which was pulled by the devotees. Citizens were seen throwing flower petals on the devotees participating in the Shobha Yatra.
Elaborate security arrangements were made in this connection and a heavy posse of policemen were deployed en-route of the procession. A few security men were seen taking positions on roof-tops, while some police officers were accompanying the Yatra.
Earlier, Pooja was performed at Shri Raghunath Ji Temple by the Chairman Trustee of J&K Dharmarth Trust Dr Karan Singh, Trustee Ajatshatru Singh (MLC) and Ranvijay Singh. Besides, council members Mubarak Singh, Ajay Gandotra, Y V Sharma and secretary of the Dharmarth Trust, Dr Sat Pal, administrator, Raghunath Temple, Darshan Sharma along with office bearers were also present on the auspicious occasion.
The participants also included Thakur Gulchain Singh Charak, MLC Romesh Arora, Ex MLA Rajesh Gupta, Yudvir Sethi, Bodh Raj Sharma and other prominent citizens, politicians and heads of different religious organizations. Various heads of the Non-Hindu organizations also accorded a rousing reception to the Rath Yatra enroute.
Meanwhile, a grand procession in connection with Ramnavami was also taken out in Poonch Town. The procession started from Geet Bhawan and again culminated at Geeta Bhawan after passing through main markets. A large number of devotees participated in the procession.