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Displaced Kashmiri pandits celebrate 'Jyeshta Ashtami' at Aganjar shrine

Kangra, Jun 10 (UNI) A large number of displaced Kashmiri Pandits celebrated ‘Jyeshta Ashtami’ festival which concluded at famous shrine of Aganjar Maha Dev where ‘havan’ was organised for the peace to prevail in Kashmir valley and the world over and 'Pooran Ahuti' was offered at noon on Monday.
Organising committee chairman S K Bhat told UNI that the displaced Kashmiri pandits from different parts of Himachal Pradesh and from Jammu and other parts of country started pouring in at Aganjar Maha Dev temple since last evening and bhajan and kirtan continued for the entire night.
He said the ‘havan’ so that peace should prevail in the Kashmir valley, the homeland of the displaced Kashmiri Pandits, and world over started last evening and 'Pooran Aahuti' was offered at noon on Monday in which large number of people participated which included local people too.
Raj Kumar Munshi, a devotee from Faridabad, said ‘Jyeshta Ashtami’ festival popularly known as ‘Mela Kheer Bhawani’ which is attended by thousands of displaced Kashmiri Pandits at Tulmula in Ganderbal district of Kashmir valley every year and those who fail to visit valley on the occasion visit Kangra valley to celebrate the festival at Aganjar Maha Dev temple.
Munshi said he along with his family reached here Sunday and enjoyed the festival.
A traditional Kashmiri lunch as ‘Prasada’ was served to people from all walks of life on Monday in the temple premises who visited the shrine. Local Himachali artists presented bhajans and devotional songs and devotees danced.
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