Jhiri festival begins amid tight security in Jammu

Thousands of devotees from different parts of the country thronged the shrines of legendary farmer saint Baba Jitto and his daughter Bua Kaury as the nine-day annual fair commenced today amid tight security arrangements.

Followers from Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country, mostly Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, gather to pay tributes to ‘Baba Jit Mal’, popularly known as Baba Jitto, at his ‘samadhi’ every year.

Exhibitions are organised during the festival that cater to diverse variety of articles ranging from pottery, vases, utensils and toys to books on Baba Jitto.

The devotees take a holy dip in the ‘Babe-da-Talab’ (pond).

Deputy Inspector General of Police, Jammu-Samba-Kathua range, Rafiq Ul Hassan, visted the main temple where he was briefed about the security measures to ensure smooth and incident-free conduct of the festival, a police spokesman said.

“All the routes leading to the festival have been tightened by establishing extensive ‘nakas’ (checking points).

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