Jammu: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Devender Singh Rana Wednesday prayed for peace and universal brotherhood.
A statement of BJP issued here said that Rana joined hundreds of devotees in Chath Pooja at Tawi Ghat, also known as Suryaputri, greeted them and expressed hope that while invoking the blessing of Suriya Devta, they would pray for universal peace and brotherhood in the true spirit of Vasudeva Kutumbakam, the essence of Sanatan Dharma.
“Though mostly observed in the states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Jharkhand, people of Jammu are now well versant with the historic festival because of the presence of a large number of people, especially construction workers, in this part of the country,” he said. “This makes the City of Temples a miniature India.”
Rana said that Jammu outskirts portray a beautiful and blissful scenario with women, children, elders, and young celebrating the festival, spread over a couple of days, with gaiety and traditional fervour. “This is the beauty of this great country which reflects unity in diversity in great measure with the people joining each other’s joys in a big way. Such occasions further foster brotherhood and promote national integration,” he said.
Rana met the devotees, greeted and interacted with them, and also took the prasad from the devotees, who celebrate the holy occasion by offering prayers, performing religious rituals including fasting, and bathing in the water bodies.
“This reminds us of the great Indian ethos, which is needed to be bequeathed to the posterity for sustaining and promoting the traditions,” he said.
Rana prayed for peace, tranquility, and amity across the country with people leading blissful life.
He lauded the contribution of the skilled and unskilled migrant workers for their huge contribution to the development and progress of the other states and cities, including Jammu.