NARAN NAAG: The 9th annual yatra for Harmukh Gangbal commenced here in Naranaag in Ganderbal district amid religious fervor by Kashmiri Pandits.
Many Pandit pilgrims joined the Annual Harmukh Gangbal Yatra 2017 organised by All Parties Migrant Coordination Committee.
The pilgrims assembled at Naranaag this morning at the historic temple wherefrom they proceeded on foot towards Gangbal lake for an eight hour trek. The group will perform Shradha of the departed souls of the community on August 31, on the auspicious day of Ganga Ashtami.
A police official said that the Charri Pujan of Ganga Charri was conducted at 7:30 am while the yatra was flagged off at 800 am.
“This was the 9th annual Gangbal yatra which we revived in 2009 after almost 100 years,” a Kashmiri Pandit who was the part of the yatra said. “We prayed for peace and normalcy in Kashmir.”
SSP Ganderbal Fayaz Ahmad Lone and DC Ganderbal Piyush Singla took part in the ritual ceremony. Police also provided accommodation to the pilgrims.