Jammu and Kashmir News
KATRA, SEPTEMBER 24 – Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Dr. Pawan Kotwal today chaired a meeting to review the preparedness for Navratra festival to be held from October 13 to 21 in the foothills of the holy shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi in Katra.
The Divisional Commissioner asked the officers of the PWD (R&B) to ensure that all the roads leading to Katra have proper lighting arrangements and the roads are repaired on speedy basis. He asked the PDD officers to ensure uninterrupted power supply during the festival and instructed the PHE department to ensure supply of potable drinking water to the pilgrims during the event.
Director Tourism, Jammu R K Verma informed in the meeting that the department wants to concentrate on specific tourism promotional activities at mega scale.
Briefing the Divisional Commissioner about the various programmes to be organized during the festival, Director Tourism said that the festival will begin on October 13 with lighting of traditional lamp followed by Shobha Yatra, depicting the cultural heritage of the state and the country.
To promote the budding artists, an All India Devotional Song Competition will be organized at Yog Ashram, Katra. Besides this, cultural programmes will be organized by Song and Drama Division, Government of India including children programmes like painting, drawing and debate competitions, rally on environmental awareness, yoga display event and prize distribution function at Government Higher Secondary School, Katra. The Divisional Commissioner was of the view that the culture of whole country should be depicted in these programmes.
During the festival, the devotees will get a chance to listen to religious discourses by spiritual personalities on Ramayan and Bhagwat Gita path to be organized by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB).
The International Wrestling Competition to be organized by J&K Indian Style Wrestling Association will be the main attraction of the festival. The wrestlers hailing from Belarus, England and Ukraine will flex muscles with the local wrestlers adding to the splendor of the festival. Besides this, Hasaya Vyang, Kavi Samellan and cultural programmes will be organized by the concerned committees to give a traditional look to the event.
The Divisional Commissioner said that Hasaya Vyang programme should promote healthy humour and informative messages on Swachh Bharat Mission or promoting education should go across the society through this event.
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