Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Saturday visited the ancient ‘Durga Nag’ temple here on the occasion of ‘Durga Ashtami’ and ‘Ram Navami’, and paid obeisance to the deity. The National Conference (NC) leader, who turned 84 earlier this week, prayed for the peace and wellbeing of humankind. He arrived at the temple located at the Dalgate along with members of his party when priests from the Kashmiri Pandit community were performing a ‘havan’ there.
“This is an important day for our Hindu brothers and sisters and this temple has significance. I came to extend my greeting to them on the occasion of religious festivals being celebrated here,” Abdullah, who is a Lok Sabha member, told reporters. He also prayed that displaced Kashmiri pandits return to their homes as soon as possible.