Raksha Bandhan celebrated with traditional fervour across Jammu

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Raksha Bandhan, the festival of bond and faith between sisters and brothers, was today celebrated with religious fervour and enthusiasm across the Jammu province. Markets in various areas of Jammu city were packed with customers, especially women, since early morning. Women were seen visiting various stalls to choose colourful and attractive ‘rakhis’ for their brothers. On this day, brothers pledge to protect their sisters from evil. All major markets in the city witnessed a heavy rush of customers besides long traffic jams. Kite flying competition like in other parts of the country is also popular in Jammu city to mark the festival.
The sky was full of kites, with people standing on their roof tops amid hot and humid weather to enjoy the view.
The major temples like the historic Raghunath Bazar, Ranbireshwar Mandir, Peer Kho Temple, Bahu Fort Temple, Mahalaxmi Temple, Apshambhu Temple and others also witnessed heavy rush, especially in the morning.
The temples were also beautifully decorated to make the occasion festive. Special prayers were also held for the prosperity of the state.
In Jammu city, kite flying dominated the Raksha Bandhan celebrations as usual. As the dawn fell, enthusiastic boys, young and grown up, occupied rooftops of their houses to enjoy kite flying-a tradition being observed in Jammu city on this festival. Colourful kites dotted the sky, while many youth were seen playing high pitch song numbers to add to the thrill of the festivity.
Meanwhile, police have appealed to the people not to use, manufacture and sale of Manja/Gattu (Chinese string) as the Government has imposed ban on it. About 10 cases have been registered, 12 persons arrested and approximately 1500 rolls (material) seized from different areas of Jammu district, said a police spokesman.
Meanwhile, the activists of District Jammu unit of Mahila Morcha tied rakhi to officers and large number of jawans and offered sweets. Mahila Morcha Jammu District team also visited the office of SP South Sehzad Salaria at Gandhi Nagar and SDPO East IPS Chandan Kohli at Narwal and tied rakhies to the officers and other security personnel posted there.
The programme was organised to make feel at home these security personnel who are not able to go back to their homes to meet their sisters just for the sake of protecting the common citizens and to maintain the law and order situation on their place of their postings. Similarly, the festival of brother-sister bond, Raksha Bandhan was celebrated with religious fervor and gaiety at Gandhi Nagar Hospital today. On this occasion, women staff of Government Hospital tied Rakhi to male patients hailing from far-flung areas. The patients were also offered sweets and good wishes.
The patients, whose sisters were far away from hospital, were not given feeling of absence of their sisters on this holy festival.
The patients highly appreciated this gesture of hospital staff while some of them became emotional. To mark the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, Speaker Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta today celebrated Raksha Bandhan with the special children of SOS Home at Channi Rama here today. Gupta spent time with the children and interacted with them on the auspicious occasion of the Raksha Bandan. The girls tied the Rakhis to the Speaker. He distributed sweets and gifts among these special children. The speaker also interacted with the management of the SOS Home and enquired about the facilities available for the children.
The Management gave account of the activities of the home and facilities available for the inmates.

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