Srinagar: The Kashmiri Pandit community in Srinagar celebrated 'Vyeth Truvah' on the birthday of river Goddess Vitasta, commonly known as Jhelum with great enthusiasm and fervour on Saturday.
'Vyeth Truvah', according to ancient Kashmiri texts, is the day when Jhelum originated in the Valley.
Before migration, Pandits in the Valley used to celebrate the day with elaborate rituals in which traditional earthen lamps were floated in the Jhelum waters.
The festival was the initiative of Shanti Manas Foundation in association with Sanatan Dharam Shital Nath Ashram Sabha.
The function was held at Purshiyar ghat at Haba Kadal in old Srinagar in presence of Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir.
Five ghats adjoining the famous temples in old Srinagar were illuminated in the evening. The celebrations commenced with customary playing of traditional music by artists on boats sailing down the Jhelum river at dusk.
The event at Purshiyar ghat included pooja, arti and release of earthen lamps in the river. The celebrations concluded with as small procession by the locals which included people from all communities.
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