Over 21,000 devotees visit Maha Kali temple at Bawe
JAMMU, Sept 29: Despite heavy rain fall and inclement weather thousands of devotees drawn form different parts of Jammu region and neighboring states of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh paid obeisance in different temples of Goddess Durga on the first day of Navratra today.
All the temples of Mata Durga were fully decorated with flowers and buntings and illuminated in entire Jammu region and the rush of devotees started from early in the morning.
Despite the heavy downpour in the morning hours there was a huge rush of devotees in the Mata Kali temple in Bawe and the devotees were seen in long queues waiting for their turn to pay obeisance to Goddess on the first day of Navratra.
As per official reports, 21,800 pilgrims had paid obeisance in the holy temple by 7pm today while hundreds were still waiting in long queues for their turn. Devotees were singing bhajans and offered pooja in the holy temple to seek blessings of the Mata.
Reports reaching here said that all the temples of Mata Durga across Jammu region were agog with festivities today.
Over 25,000 devotees paid obeisance in the various temples of Mata Durga in Kathua and Samba district on the first Navratra today.
The authorities and respective temple committees had made elaborate arrangements for the devotees.
As per reports about 5000 devotees visited Chichi Mata temple on Jammu -Pathankot National Highway in Samba district by this evening while hundreds were still waiting in the queue.
The district administration had made all arrangements to tackle the rush and devotees were seen waiting in long queues for darshan.
The devotees also visited famous Kali Mata temple in main Bazar Samba to pay their obeisance to Mata.
Over 3500 devotees drawn from various parts of Jammu and neighboring states paid obeisance at holy Sukrala Mata temple in Billawar tehsil of Kathua district on the first day of Navratra today while 3500 pilgrims visited the Jodha Wali Mata in Bani tehsil of Kathua district during the day to pay obeisance there.
Over 5000 pilgrims visited Jasrota Fort housing the ancient Kali Mata temple in Kathua today and paid obeisance to the Goddess there while over 3000 pilgrims paid obeisance at Mata Sundri Kot shrine in Billawar tehsil of Kathua district during the day.
Over 2000 pilgrims performed darshan at Sundri Bala temple in Nagri Parol Kathua during the day and 2000 pilgrims paid obeisance in Ashapurni Mandir Kathua.
Meanwhile, the nine -day long Ramleela started at Basohli town of Kathua district today with traditional fervor and gaiety.
The Ramleela which is being staged for years together in the town is being witnessed by thousands of people from Basohli and surrounding villages.
Reports reaching here said that another Ramleela began at Kathua town today which was staged by local artists. The Ramleela was inaugurated by former Minister, Rajeev Jasrotia.