Srinagar: The festival of Dussehra that marks the victory of good over evil was celebrated with religious fervour across Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.
In Srinagar, the main event was held at Poloview where the chief minister along with her party legislators and officers witnessed the burning of the effigies of figures from the Ramayan religious epic, Ravan, his brother Kumbkaran and son Meghnath. Minister for Public Works Naeem Akhtar, MLCs Surinder Ambardar and Khurshid Alam, senior officers and people from different walks of life were present on the occasion.
The event organisers presented Mehbooba Mufti with a shawl as a token of love.
In Jammu, the winter capital of the state, the main event was held at Parade Ground where the effigies of Ravan, Kumbkaran and Megnath were consigned to flames. The function, organised by the Sanatan Dharam Sabha (SDS), had Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh as the chief guest.
Addressing the gathering, the deputy chief minister greeted the people on the occasion. He said that the day symbolized the victory of good over evil. “It is not possible to save humanity without wiping out the evil,” Singh said, adding that “‘world forces’” should unite to fight against evil.
Stressing on the importance of celebrating such religious events, he said that such occasions provide people an opportunity to introspect and further improve our attitude and behaviour to become good human beings.
Member of Parliament Jugal Kishore Sharma, Minister of State for Education and Tourism Priya Sethi, Legislators Sat Sharma and Rajesh Gupta, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr Mandeep K Bhandari, senior political leader Yudhvir Sethi, besides SDS president Bodh Raj Sharma, SDS general secretary Parbhat Singh Jamwal, Mahant of Purani Mandi temple Swami Rameshwar Dass and various other dignitaries, were also present on the occasion.