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KATRA: Katra town, the base of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, has been witnessing Prabhat Pheri daily during Navratras and it has emerged a spiritual event of Navratra Festival 2021 as it directly connects with devotion of Maa Vaishno Devi.It is pertinent to mention here that long time ago during the yesteryears of ethnic India, people from villages used to get up early in the morning before sun rays and take rounds of the village chanting & singing Bhajans.It is believed that Prabhat Pheri invokes the good spirits and chases the evil spirits, further welcomes the morning with good vibrations. Senior officers of civil & police administration including devotees and locals took part in Prabhat Pheri which was arranged by J&K Association of Prabhat Pheri with active support of SMVD Shrine Board, J&K Tourism Department and district administration.On the occasion of 6th Navratra, Chief Guest, Ajay Sharma, Assistant Executive Engineer inaugurated the Prabhat Pheri in presence of Guests of Honour, Ashwini Katoch, prominent educationist and social worker, Shiv Kumar Sharma, former President Hotel and Restaurant Association of Katra and Dharamveer Huda, a prominent tourism leader.Prabhat Pheri taken out from Bus Stand Katra depicting rich religious culture of J&K.After passing through Shiv Mandir, Banganga road, Yog Ashram, Hanuman Mandir, Sheetla Mata Mandir, the Prabhat Pheri was culminated at Bus Stand.ROB Groups of Rajasthan, Himachal, Orrisa and J&K under the leadership of Durga Dass participated in the Prabhat Pheri.Baldev & Group of Chintamani Mohalla joined the Prabhat Pheri and infused more enthusiasm to it.Senior Citizens Forum led by its Vice President Babu Ram, Rattan Chand and other members also joined the Prabhat Pheri.Speaking on the occasion, Chief Guest said that Prabhat Pheri symbolizes purification of the atmosphere besides highlighting spirituality as it breaks bad habit and form new habit which are conducive to health & lifestyle.President J&K Association of Prabhat Pheri, Raj Kumar Padha highlighted the fast growing popularity of the Prabhat Pheri and said that this event would definitely bring peace in the J&K.He also asserted that we should follow the footsteps of Maa Kaalratri by shunning the evil forces and purify our souls which would lead us to the path of virtue and inner power.After culmination of Prabhat Pheri a ceremony was organized to felicitate the Chief Guest and Guests of Honour with mementos by the association members.Among others present were Babu Ram Dubey, Ramnik Sharma, Manoj Sadhotra, Rattan Sharma, Aman Mahajan, Rakesh Dubey, Raj Kumar Mengi, Arun Sharma, Arjun Sharma, Mangat Ram, Naresh Kumar, Renueji Dhar, Sanjay Tickoo, P.N Rana, Rohit and Rajinder Singh.
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