Devotees throng Bawe, Chichi Devi temples -
Devotees throng Bawe, Chichi Devi temples
Posted 29 Mar 2017 12:14 PM


Thousands of devotees thronged the historic Bawe temple and Chichi Devi temple in Samba district on the first day of Navratra. From early morning, devotees started visiting the shrines and offered prayers amid Vedic chants.

Nearly 20,000 devotees offered prayers at the Chichi Devi temple to mark the start of the nine-day-long Chaitra Navratra festival. Chairman of the Temple Management Committee Khairati Lal Mahajan said the people along with their family members started turning up around 4 am.

Devotees from New Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir visited the temple and paid obeisance on the first Navratra today.

“Chaitra Navratras mark the beginning of the year as per the Hindu calendar and nine days of fasts and prayers are part of the festival rituals. I went to the Chichi Devi temple with my family early in the morning to seek the blessings of the Goddess. Though there was a large crowd, we managed to have darshan within an hour. The good thing was the queue kept on moving,” said 29-year-old Deepika, a resident of Samba.

There were reports from other Jammu districts of the festival being celebrated with religious fervour.

The civil administration has made proper arrangements and provided special attention to the welfare of the people who would be visiting the shrine for nine days. Members of civil defence have too been activated to provide necessary help to the devotees and maintain order during the festivities.

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