After 75 years, over 20,000 Kashmiri Pandits attend 'Dashar Maha Kumbh' in Ganderbal

Darshar Maha Kumbh was organised in Kashmir after a gap of 75 years on Tuesday.

Last Updated: Jun 14, 2016, 23:06 PM IST
After 75 years, over 20,000 Kashmiri Pandits attend 'Dashar Maha Kumbh' in Ganderbal
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Ganderbal: Darshar Maha Kumbh was organised in Kashmir after a gap of 75 years on Tuesday. The festival was held on the confluence of sacred Sindhu and Vitasta rivers in Ganderbal district of Kashmir. Taking a dip at the junction of rivers at Shadipora is considered to be auspicious as per the Hindu mythology.

Over 20,000 Kashmir Pandits thronged to the spot at Shadipora Sangam to take holy dip.

"This fair has come after a gap of 75 years and our ancestors, my grandfather use to say, that it last happened during their time. Today, I got to experience this. I am feeling blessed that I celebrated this festival with my son and my family," a Kashmiri Pandit, Rajkumar, said.

The place holds same significance for Kashmiri Hindus as Haridwar, considered to be one of the holiest cities of religious importance to the community.

At Shadipora Sangam lies an ancient Chinar tree (Platanus orientalis) that is considered mystical and sacred by Kashmiri Pandits.

"I am happy that I am one among the fortunate ones, who are participating in this Kumbh mela. People have come here to attend the programme. It is a very big deal for Kashmiri Pandits as they are bathing in Maha Kumbh," said All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee, spokesperson, King Bharti.

With ANI inputs