Navratri was celebrated with fervor and enthusiasm at ShriDurga Nag Temple near Dalgate in the City on Thursday. With this, the J&K ShriDurga Nag Trust (JKSDNT), which hosted the celebrations, concluded its 9-day special Puja attended by hundreds of devotees.
“The 9-day Puja included with chanting of Shri Chandi, DurgaSapthShati and other Vedic Mantras,” the hosts said adding that on this occasion a Hawan was also performed.
Manager of JKSDNT Makhan Lal Koul said that the rituals were performed by Purohits from Jammu.However, due to the untoward situation in the city for the past two weeks the administration didn’t allow the puja earlier.
“The puja was supposed to be conducted on 12 October as per the calendar but due to the circumstances, the administration didn’t allow it earlier,” Koul said. He said that though the puja took place today, presences of devotees are less as compared to the previous year.
PuranAahuti, a special prayer was offered at noon. At the end of the Puja, Prasad was distributed among the devotees, hundreds of whom thronged the Mandir, where they recited Bhajans and prayed for peace and prosperity of the state.
Giving details about the celebrations Arun Kumar one of the devotees from kerala said: “Mahanavami is a celebration of nine days, which starts from 1st Navratra and from last nine years we have been performing it here””We have never felt insecure here. Kashmir is safe to visit,” Kumar added.