Srinagar: Kashmir will witness the first Kumbh Mela (Dashhar) of this century tomorrow on June 14, when thousands of pilgrims will assemble at Shadipora Prayag in Ganderbal district of Central Kashmir. The Prayag is the confluence of river Jehlum (Vitasta) and Sindh (Indus) and the Kumbh Mela is happening after 75 years.
Before this, the Kumbh Mela in Kashmir was on June 4, (Wednesday) in 1941 when Maharaja Hari Singh was ruling J&K State.
Thousands are expected to participate in the Dashhar coming from different parts of the country. The Kashmiri Pandit Devotees for instance have already celebrated the Kheer Bhawani Mela on June 12 and they are to leave for Shadipora today and tomorrow.
The devotees would first take a dip in the holy waters of the Prayag after which they will offer ritualistic prayers. Customary rituals for the departed near and dear ones hold special significance during the Mela.
The main aim of taking a dip on this occasion is atonement of the soul. Pt. Omkar Nath Shastri, chairman of the Dashhar Festival Committee in a media report said that the Maha Shrad will also be performed for those who died during the last 27 years of turmoil in the State.