Anantnag: Hundreds of Kashmiri Hindu devotees on Tuesday thronged the temple of ancient spring, Nagbal, in Anantnag to celebrate the annual festival of Anant Chaturdashi at Nagbal Anantnag.
“This is a festival of Kashmir Pandits but what I saw here is an example of brotherhood between Kashmiri Pandits and Muslims,” said Maharaja Krishan Bambroo, President of Prabandak Committee Nagbal Anantnag
Bambroo said that annual Havan was performed on September 5th on the eve of Anant Chaturdashi, “for the welfare of one and all, particulary for the State of Jammu and Kashmir”.
“Apart from the successive government, the locals have also supported us in the development works,” he said
“We have been following Nilamata Purana, an ancient text from Kashmir, it was also used by Kalhana as one of sources of his history. We used to bring here new food crop and used to pray here, but due to the militancy, it was all stopped. Now with the things improving, we are back here to revive our culture,” said Santosh Shah Nadan, a resident of Anantnag and a devotee.
Bambroo, who lived in Janglat Mandi locality of Anantnag, left the Valley for Jammu in 1990 at the peak of militancy.
“Although there has been a significant drop in the number of devotees arriving this year due to the rising tension in the state, the communal harmony one can witness here is unique,” said C J Goja, another devotee.
The Nagbal temples were thrown open by Kashmiri Pandits for worship in 2003.