Published on : Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Hoping to woo tourists and pilgrims, the Jammu and Kashmir government has planned a series of cultural, religious and folk events in Katra, near the Vaishno Devi shrine, during the nine-day Navratra festival.
Navratra festival is scheduled to begin on 21st September 2017, which would feature a grand ‘Shobha’ yatra on the first day, followed by various cultural programmes like Ram Leela, folk festivals, “prabhat pheri”, international wrestling competition and others.
This year, the department of tourism, Jammu and Kashmir has envisaged a special package of ‘Sampoorna Manokamna’ yatra facilitating visits to nine deities, as per the traditional practice related to the Vaishno Devi pilgrimage, to attract tourists to the state.
Describing Manokamana’ yatra as the biggest attraction during the festival, the State Tourism Minister Priya Sethi expressed that it is the hope for the first-of-its-kind yatra, which would not only attract religious people, but domestic and foreign tourists as well.
Navratra festival will give an opportunity to showcase the rich culture, heritage and local traditions of Jammu and Kashmir and India as well. State Tourism Minister Priya Sethi is also stressing on the require to emphasize the importance of Kol Kandoli temple in Nagrota to attract tourists to the shrine.
She asked the tourism department of Jammu and Kashmir to improve tourism- related services, which can satisfy the tourists in the state by enhancing the skills of the tourism-service providers through progressive direction.
State Tourism Minister Priya Sethi also said that the Navaratra festival showcases the religious traditions as well as the popular culture of the region among the pilgrims, who visit Vaishno Devi shrine during this period.
All arrangements to set the festival have been finalised during a series of meeting held over the past couple of weeks to ensure smooth and peaceful celebrations.