Governor celebrates 'Herath' with Pandits in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Mar 5 (UNI) As they were preparing for 'Herath Pooja' this year in their newly acquired dream home on a hillock in the beautiful and serene Kashmir Valley, a surprise visitor dropped in to greet the Kashmir Pandit family on their major festival of Shivratri.

The stunned but excited Pandit family could not just believe their eyes to see Governor Lt General (retd) S K Sinha at their door in Sheikhpura colony during his unscheduled and impromptu visit this morning.

Gen Sinha extended his greetings to the families putting up there and was impressed to see some Muslim friends already present to say Herath Mubark to their Pandit brethren.

The ladies of the family insisted General Sinha to partake traditional 'Kehwa' with them which he readily accepted. He visited the rooms, the living space and the kitchen and expressed happiness over the facility having been created for them.

The Governor also witnessed the elderly Pandits making arrangements for the Vatak Pooja to be held this evening. Kashmiri Hindus celebrate this festival with much gaiety and enthusism in a different way different to the Hindus observing it in rest of the country.

The 9th century Kashmiri saint-poet Utpaldeva describing Shiva-ratri wrote, ''When the sun, the moon and all other stars set at the same time, there arises the radiant night of Shiva spreading a splendor of its own.''.

The worship of Vatuka is dealt within several Tantric works.

Vatuka, like Ganesha, has been described as a mind bom son of the Mother Goddess.

Hearing about the presence of the Governor amid them, the Pandit families assembled and urged him to create facilities of a school and dispensary created urgently.

General Sinha lauded the glorious ethos of Kashmir and its unique feature of composite culture and hoped that this will flourish and spread the light of peace to the entire world.

The Governor was accompanied by senior officers during his visit to Sheikhpura.


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