MP Hasnain Masoodi, SP Awantipora, SDPO Mir Imtiyaz, Apni Party leader Showkat Gayoor visits temple, greets the Pandit community
PAMPORE: Hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits from the different parts of J&K and outside Valley on Friday attended the annual festival at Jawala Ji temple Khrew area of Pampore in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Eyewitness told Kashmir Reader that hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits including migrants assembled at the Jawala Ji temple in Khrew to celebrate the annual festival known as Haar Tshodah.
Member Parliament, Justice ( Retired ) Hasnain Masoodi, SP Awantipora Mohammad Yousuf, SDPO Mir Imtiyaz Ahmad visited the Jawala Ji Temple and took stock of facilities which were made available for devotees at the place.
MP, SP and SDPO greeted the Pandit community.
Apni Party leader Showkat Gayoor also visited the Jawala Ji temple and greeted the Pandit community.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, the member parliament member Hanain Masoodi said he visited the Jawala Ji temple to greet Pandit community personally.
” This festival is celebrated collectectively by Pandits and Muslims, you see today the services are being rendered by local Muslims,
It is in this context that I visited here today to greet my Pandit brothers, ” MP Hasnain Masoodi told Kashmir Reader, adding that he had spoken to Divisional Commissioner Kashmir for making arrangements for the devotees.
” The devotees were quite happy with the arrangements,” he said, adding that the village is known for communal harmony and brotherhood.
The festival is celebrated every year which attracts thousands of Pandit community members living in Kashmir, Mumbai, Delhi, Jammu and other states of India.
The festival is celebrated to observe the birthday of Jawala Mata.
The birthday becomes convenient for us to assemble here,” a President Jawalji temple Mahraj Krishan said.
He said that they observe the festival on Achaar Chaturdashi which falls in July. “it is mandatory for us to visit here once a year,”adding that they thank the police, Revenue department, Municipal Committee Khrew, PHE and PDD departments and locals for making arrangements for them.
“The police regulated the traffic and we performed hawan also in which a local Pandit helped us,” he said.
Tahri was cooked and distributed among devotees.