JAMMU, Oct 21: 226th birth anniversary of the founder of Jammu and Kashmir State and the first Dogra ruler Maharaja Gulab Singh was celebrated by J&K Dharmarth Trust with enthusiasm.
In this connection, a grand function was organized at Shree Raghunath Temple by the Trust in which rich floural tributes were paid to the great Dogra Ruler.
Chairman Trustee Dr. Karan Singh performed the pooja in which President of the Trust B R Kundal, Secretary Dr Sat Pal and other office bearers also participated.
On the occasion, Dr. Karan Singh highlighted the life and achievements of Maharaja Gulab Singh, who was instrumental in extending the boundaries beyond Ladakh up to Gilgit and Baltistan.
He said Maharaja Gulab Singh received no formal education and was raised instead as a great warrior and an accomplished horseman, proficient in the use of sword and gun. It was Maharaja Gulab Singh who created the State of Jammu and Kashmir with an area of 84,000 sq. miles, he added.
“Besides being a great warrior and a wise ruler, ‘Maharaja he had a keen interest in social and administrative reforms. He passed sanctions against female infoeticide and Sati, made justice accessible to all and brought about many social and administrative reforms,” Dr Singh informed.
A hawan was performed on the occasion in which large number of devotees including the official and the staff of the Dharmarth Trust offered Puran Aahuti.
Later prasaad was offered to the gathering.