Annual Sarthal Devi Ji Yatra commences in Kishtwar

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Two-day long annual Yatra of Shri Ashtadash Bhuja Mata Sarthal Devi Ji commenced today with performing of hawan at Shri Gori Shanker Mandir Sarkoot, in which number of couples offered the aahuties and Puran Aahuti (Calmination).
An impressive Shobha Yatra accompanied the Chari Mubarak which was taken from Shri Gori Shanker Mandir Sarkoot.
Minister of State for Transport, PWD (R&B), Revenue RDD, Panchayti Raj, Agriculture Production and Youth Services and Sports Sunil Kumar Sharma and DDC, SSP Kishtwar accompanied during the Shobha Yatra.
On the occasion, the Minister sanctioned Rs 10 lakh for up-gradation of existing Sarai at Sarthal and assured that very soon black topping of the Kishtwar- Sarthal road would be taken up. He said with the development of Gali Garh, improved facilities would be made available to the Yatris and from next year Gali Garh would become first stop for the annual Yatra.
The locals of various localities accorded warm welcome to Charri Mubarak and organised stalls of Parsad, Sharbat for the yatris.
District administration had made elaborate security arrangements for the event.
The Yatra is being organised by Shri Sarthal Devi Ji Trust under the patronage of Dr. Karan Singh Sole Trustee.
This year the presence of folk dance of Paddar with their traditional wearing and beating local drum known as “KUDD” remained attraction of the devotees. Free transportation, boarding and lodging has been arranged by the management.

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