The nine day long Navratra Festival today began on a festive note with devotees in large numbers visiting the temples, while the hustle and bustle also returned to city markets.
On the first Navrarta today, the temples across the city and its outskirts witnessed huge rush of devotees right since early morning.
However, the historic Maa Kali Temple (Bahu Fort), was the one where there were long queues of devotees waiting for their turn to pay obeisance to Goddess, Maa Durga.
Elaborate arrangements have also been made by the district administration like medical, traffic etc for the convenience of devotees.
Meanwhile, the usual hustle and bustle also returned to city markets. As per Hindu tradition, people prefer to start any new work during Navratras. Buying any new item, starting business, construction of house, shops etc is also preferred by the people during holy Navratras.
Shiv Sena Bal Thackeray J&K unit also organized the Charri Yatra on the eve of 1st Navratra in which more than 5000 pilgrims plus members of Shiv Sena participated. Charri Yatra was flagged off by MP Krupal Balaji Tumane, SVinay Shukla Ji Parbhari, President, Shiv Sena, Punjab Yograj Sharma and Dimpy Kohli, State President, J&K unit.
The Charri Yatra started from Mahraja Hari Singh Park and proceeded towards Katra after passing through Panjtirthi , Vivekanand Chowk, Hari Market, Raghunath Bazar, City Chowk, Purani Mandi, Jain Bazar, Chowk Chabutra and Radio Station.
Other prominent leaders of Shiv Sena present on the occasion were, Rahul Shewale, Rajesh Sharma, Shiv Sena Punjab, Rajesh Gupta, Rakesh Sharma, Raj Singh, Inderpal Gupta, Dinesh Mahajan, Ganesh Choudhary, Raju Salaria and others.