Saturday, September 29, 2012

Vitasta Triyodashi 2012 Celebrated

Various functions were held across the State today in connection with celebration of Vitasta Triyodashi (Veyth Truvah) -the birth day of River Vitasta.

While Panun Kashmir and Kashmira Vahini held separate functions at Rajinder Park Canal, Vitasta Devasthan Prabandhak Committee Verinag organised the function at holy spring of Vitasta Mata at Veerinag in Kashmir valley, Non Camp Migrant Organisation celebrated the day at the banks of Ranbir Canal at Muthi while Vitasta Samaj Sewa held functions at Akhnoor on the bank of river Chander Bagha and TRT Nagrota respectively.

The PK function at Rajinder Park besides its leaders was attended by women activists also who performed pooja of the river in a traditional way.

Speaking on the occasion PK president Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo said there is an urgent need for the passage of the Temples and Shrines Bill to preserve the ancient heritage of Jammu and Kashmir.

He said Kashmiri Pandits would return to their own home land in Kashmir when there is free flow of Indian Constitution.

"There is a need to take massive confidence building measures to instill a sense of confidence among the displaced community. The outcome of the recent so called Apex Committee meeting in Kashmir does not inspires much confidence," Chrungoo said.

Chrungoo and his team mates including Ravinder Raina, Kamal Bhagati Virender Koul, Vijay Qazi and other members paid floral tributes to the river Goddess.

At the Kashmira Vahini function a large number of Kashmiri Pandit women along with men and children participated.

The program started with hoisting of the flag of Kashmira Vahini accompanied by holocaust dhun. Swami Kumar Ji, Swami Pran Nath Ji Garib "BHAIJE", Dr. Manmohan Shastri and B.L.Handoo Pre-sident Brahaman Mahamandal Kashmir inaugurated the function and threw light on "Vitasta Divas."

Nirmala Tickoo read the welcome address.

Bushan Lal Bhat Sharnagat and his fellow devotees enthralled the audience with their devotional musical concert. Several upcomming child artists including Anikate Hashia and Shannu Zadoo presented captivating musical hymns.

Khema Kaul spokesperson of Kashmira Vahini presented an overall review of Vahini. She emphasized the role Kashmira Vahini has been performing with regard to removing the draconian conditions attached to PM’s employment package and simultaneously drawing the attention of the President of India and Governor of J&K to the pathetic conditions of living in Jagati, enhancement of relief, enactment of Temple Bill, mischievous attempts of changing name of Villages, hillocks and like recent one of changing name of Srinagar to Shahar-e-Khas.

Mrs Gaytri Hashia presented vote of thanks and Meenakshi Sidha administered the oath to continue and intensify the struggle for homeland.

The function organised by Non Camp Migrant Organisation at Canal Bank Muthi started with Kanka Poojan which was followed by Bhajan Kirtan and Arti of godess river Vitasta.

The function was presided over by Swami Kumar Ji. He highlighted the significance of the day and also appealed the people to follow the teachings of Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta.

Besides president of Non Camp Organisation Nana Ji Dembi, its other leaders Ashok Pandita, Kashyap Tikoo and others also spoke on the occasion and threw light on the essence of celebrating these festivals.

The pooja of river Chanderbaga was performed at a function held at its bank at Akhnoor today by the activists of Vitasta Samaj Sewa led by Chand Ji Khar. The organization also celebrated the day at TRT Nagrota under the chairmanship of Nana Ji Pandita.

Reports reaching from Anantnag said hundreds of devotees thronged the holy spring of Vitasta on the occasion of Veyth Truvah. On the occasion a grand religious function was organised by Vitasta Devasthan Prabandhak Committee (Veerinag).

A Maha Yagya was solemnized under the supervision of Jyotshi Sham Lal Sharma while Moti Lal Koul and Madsudan Bhat were the Yajmans. The devotees were served with prashad after puranhauti. Besides the KPs from different parts of the country, a large number of local Muslims also attended the function.

The traditional flag was hoisted by Shambo Nath Bhat. The devotees also demanded renovation of Shiv Temple at Omoh, construction of two Hawan kunds one at Vitasta shrine and another at Omoh, dharamshalas at Vitasta and Omoh with all facilities of kitchen etc besides setting up a Police Check Post at Vitasta shrine.

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