Pandit group begins Gangabal yatra

SRINAGAR:  Another Hindu pilgrimage known as Gangabal yatra kicked off for the sixth consecutive year on Monday. A batch of 120 Kashmiri Pandits left for Naranag on Monday wherefrom they will reach Gangabal in Central Kashmir’s Kangan belt on Tuesday evening.

Devotees from all over the country participated in a Hindu pilgrimage, which kicked off for the third consecutive year on Sunday, to offer prayers at the ancient Gangabal temple of Lord Shiva located at around 12000 feet in Jammu and Kashmir.

Gangabal is also known as ‘Harmukut Ganga’ while Kashmiri Pandits believe that this place is as pious as Haridwar, where pilgrims perform prayers and immerse ashes of the dead.

All Party Migrant Coordination Committe has conducted the Yatra. It’s Chairman Vinod Pandit said that the annual Gangabal Yatra was organised to save the cultural and religious history of Kashmiri Pandits.

“This year the number of yatris has increased. After performing pooja at Naranag, the yatris will leave for Gangabal on Tuesday,” he said.

The Jammu and Kashmir Government and the Indian Army has provided all arrangements to the Kashmiri Pandits for this traditional pilgrimage. 

The committee’s recent proposal to conduct a similar yatra to Kousar Nag, a blue water lake in Aharbal, had kicked up a political storm.

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