Pandits plan Kumbh mela at Ganderbal

Pandits plan Kumbh mela at Ganderbal

Srinagar: A group of Kashmiri Pandits has approached the state government to make arrangements for a mass gathering at Wuskura village in Ganderbal district where a confluence of two rivers is considered sacred by Kashmiri Brahmins. The assembly has been proposed on June 14, an online newspaper thecitizen.in reported.
AK Koul, Convenor of Maha Kumbh Celebration Committee which is organising Dashar Maha Kumbh said the festival will be held after a gap of 75 years.
“A small island sits on the confluence of Jhelum, Krishen Ganga and Sindh in Waskoora. There is a Shiva Lingam on the island by the shade of a majestic Chinar tree, which is considered sacred by Kashmiri Pandits. It is believed that even if the rivers is flooding, the tree stays put,” Koul said.
Pro-freedom Hurriyat Conference has smelt rat in the programme. “It is certainly a matter of concern. At a time when the government is playing politics over the issue of Kashmiri Pandits’ rehabilitation, such acts will only create further divisions in our society,” Ayaz Akbar, spokesman of Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat said.
Koul said the committee members have met the deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh for elaborate arrangements for pilgrims. “The deputy CM promised us all the support of the state government,” Koul said. He claimed that the ashes of first Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, were immersed at the spot and at Sangam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district as per his will.

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