Various organisations celebrate Lohri with fervour

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JAMMU: The festival of Lohri was celebrated in Jammu on Wednesday with traditional fervour and gaiety as various functions were held by different organizations to mark the day.
Members of Dogra Sadar Sabha (DSS) J&K and All Jammu Civil Society Forum including senior citizens dressed up in their traditional turbans assembled at the Sabha Bhawan to celebrate Lohri and greet each other with affectionate hugs across all kinds of communal, social or regional lines.

The story of ‘Dulla Bhatti’ that depicts how a Muslim elder protected a Hindu girls Sunder, Munderi as his own daughters was repeated as a reminder to the young generations, in a climate where the nation is struggling with the menace of atrocities on women and even minor girls by anti-social criminals.
Th. Gulchain Singh Charak, former Minister and President Dogra Sadar Sabha (DSS) while congratulating the members on occasion exhorted all Dogras to uphold these pious traditions and unite for the noble cause and Dogriyat that impress upon communal harmony and brotherhood.
He also, once again called upon all social, religious and political groups of the region to have one voice on matters concerning the region of Duggar Pradesh.
Some members brought out that personal/political ambitions are overshadowing the cause of Dogras; in the bargain our heritage, culture, folk art and traditions are suffering. “We need to unite culturally as ‘one Dogra entity’ for the sake of saving Dogriyat”.
Sikh, Muslim and Christian members also joined the celebration around the Bon fire and shared traditional ‘Moong Phali & Rewari’.

All members jointly resolved to uphold the Dulla Bhatti example and be vigilant for protection of women folk and girls in the society as all daughters are common to all “Sab Dheeyan Sanjiyan” said Amanat Ali Shah as he blessed all cautioning them to stay vigilant of any divisive elements who may try to disturb our communal harmony and peace, so dearly preserved by Dogriyat.
Prominently among those who were present in the celebrations were Prem Sagar Gupta, Brig. M S Jamwal, Gambhir Dev Singh Charak, Janak Khajuria, Madan Rangila, Kulbir Singh, Rajinder Gupta, Balwinder Singh, Ravi Singh, Naresh Sharma, Varun Sharma, Randeep Gupta, Romesh Kumar and Pawan Sharma.
With a view of spreading and sharing happiness with the General Zorawar Singh Trust, a Trust, on Wednesday gathered at the Kala Kendra Jammu and celebrated special Lohri with Duggar family in its traditional sizzled with modernisation form.
Devinder Singh, Chairman of GZST lit the sacred bonfire along with family members to commence the celebration.
The occasion was marked by Herna, Boliyan, dance, melodious songs besides wonderful engagement sessions which gave gaiety look to the celebrations.
The families were traditionally dressed and were absorbed in the festival spirit of Lohri.
General Zorawar Singh Trust continues to take the initiatives that bring contented moments across a spectrum of community members.
This programme done in collaboration with Kala Kendra and supportive partner’s are Women Club Meri Pechan, Karni Sena Jammu.
On the occasion, Diksha Kaluria said, “It’s a tribute to all Duggar culture’ ‘and Riya Kaluria highlighted the Trust’s achievements.
GZST Chairman Devinder Singh, WCMP chairperson Sandhya Gupta, Sushma Kalhuria, Rajeshhwar Singh, Karni Sena President Raghuveer Singh, Vikas Sodi, Shubum, Vivek and Vishal Singh were present. The programme was managed by Anchor Tushar Bhardwaj.

Jammu Diary and Himalayan Heritage Foundation on Wednesday organized the Lohri festival and National Youth Day at the Mubarak Mandi Heritage complex to senstize masses about the heritage and cultural richness of Dogras.
The programme commenced with offering floral tributes to the wandering Monk of India Swami vivekananda.
Dr Mahesh Koul Chairman Himalayan heritage foundation said, Swami Vivekananda represents continuity of Sanskrit civilization of Bharat and his message of developing the nation as the aesthetically and spiritually conscious ecosystem for inclusive nation that is well equipped to develop the youth as the dynamos of national energy to safeguard our socio cultural and spiritual heritage in Jammu and Kashmir.
Chairman Jammu Diary Sugam Bral said Jammu diary is fully conscious of the importance of youth in safeguarding the culture of Dogras and develop the sustainable mechanism to encourage the society of observe the rituals, festivals of socio religious importance to uphold the pan Indian consciousness. Celebration of Lohri by Jammu Diary at the Mubarak Mandi Complex is meant to send the message that both tangible and intangible heritage in tandem are the anchors of place consciousness.
Advocate Purnima Sharma Deputy Mayor Jammu was the Chief Guest on the occasion. She said celebration of Lohri festival and Swami vivekananda Jayanti has now become a permanent feature signifying the resurgence of the society and involvement of youth in its organization is a great social achievement for our society.
Shridhar Patil, SSP Jammu who was the Guest of Honour on the occasion said, “Swami Vivekananda is the eternal icon of national consciousness to integrate nation and motivates the people of the society to uphold the nation.”
Narottam Sharma Carporator Ward no 3, Jammu East said, People of Jammu are conscious of the national responsibility to as the sentinels to defeat the forces who want to divide the society for their vested interests.
In the colourful festival the main attention was the Haran Dance by folk artists of Jammu.
The traditional folk songs were sung by Dr Himja Mengi, Singh Gurjit and Amit Singh.
On the occasion poster of first Dogri song titled in Takri script of Dogri language was released by guests.
Programme was concluded by setting the traditional Lohri on fire amidst dance and folk songs.
On the occasion doctors of Jammu who led the war against corona from the front included Dr Atula Gupta, Dr Rajeev Mengi and Dr Rakesh Menia.
The entire event was conducted by Monika Jamwal.
The organizing team comprised of Chandershekhar, Sanjeev Kumar Sharma, Goutam Kumar, Sandeep Manhas, Ajay Tamang.
Dogra Brahaman Pritinidhi Sabha on Wednesday celebrated Lohri Festival with enthusiasm and fervour.
In this connection a function was organized in the premises of Brahaman Sabha, Parade, where the office bearers of the Sabha and other social and culture organizations represented maintaining social distances and wearing masks.
Haven and Puja was performed amidst chanting of vedic mantras by the religious scholars and Puran Ahuti was given to the bonafire.
Ved Parkash Sharma, President DBPS and Tawi Andolan President Chander Mohan Sharma, while speaking on the occasion, stressed the need of communal harmony and brotherhood. Halwa was also distributed on the occasion. Among other, who were present included M.S Katoch, Educationist, Prem Sharma, Social Activist, Subash Shastri, Gurdas Sharma, Ram Pal Seth, JagdishDogra, Sat Pal Sharma, M.L Padha, Shiv Ram Sharma, Prem Khajuria, Satyanand Sharma, Ramesh Sharma, M.L Sharma, N.C Sharma, Raman Sharma, Rajesh Badgotra and Sunil Sharma.

Bharatiya Yog Sanasthan Jammu celebrated Lohri festival with traditional festivity and fervour. In this regard a function was organised at its Ashram at Gole Gujral, here. The function was attended by a large number of Yog Sadhakas besides various prominent citizens of Jammu.
The function started with a Samohik Yog Sadhana by the Yog lovers. This was followed by lighting of Lohri (fire), folk songs and Bhajans.
Chander Mohan Gupta, Mayor Jammu was the Chief Guest of the function.
Speaking on the function, Gupta congratulated the participants and people of Jammu on this occasion.
He said, that Bharatiya Yog Sansthan is playing a vital role in promoting Yoga for a healthy and fit India. He also honoured recent KAS pass outs from Jammu Samridhi Sharma and Ridhima Sharma.
Satyapal Sharma, President Bharatiya Yogsanasthan Jammu highlighted various activities carried out by BYS Jammu.

On the occasion Lohri celebrations, former Minister, Ex-MLA Marh and Chairman Panchyati Raj Cell BJP JKUT Ch. Sukhnandan Kumar celebrated Lohri festival at Chik-Neck Border Post Gole Pattan with the officers and jawans of 12th Bn BSF.
He extended warm greetings to all the ranks and their families on the occasion in presence of Dy Commandant BSF Paswaan, Lt. Col. Manoj Chand and Capt. Sandeep Singh of Assam Regiment of army.
Former Minister asserted that sacrifice of countless freedom fighters inspires us and the new generations to preserve and protect the integrity of the country.
He also said that our nation is in the safe hands under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who never compromise with the defence and integrity of the nation. Sweets and other eatables were also distributed on the Occasion.
Sarpanchs, Panchs and prominent people of the area were also present on the occasion.

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