After night halt at Jammu, “Rudhra Ganga Dham Yatra” proceeded towards its destination of Dessa in Ramban District with flagging off by IGP S. D. Jamwal, J&K SC, ST, BC Development Corporation Limited, Vice-Chairperson, Balbir Ram Rattan alongwith Chief Patron of Yatra, Mahant Rameshwar Dass, President Vijay Mohan Thakur, Chief Organizer Hari Sharan Thakur, General Secretary Satish Wazir, Chief Advisor Ashish Sareen under the banner of Rudra Ganga Trust, Committee Chandrani, Dessa, Ramban.
The flagging off of the Yatra commenced amid chanting of religious slogans and drum beats of traditional musical instruments.
S D Jamwal, while speaking on the occasion, said that many Yatras round the year form part of life of the people of Jammu region. He said that Yatras carry a great significance in the life of various communities in the State as these work as uniting force of all, those contributing in the preparations of the Yatra are indeed doing a noble work. He also said that promotion and success of these Yatras will go long way in strengthening the bonds of brotherhood as well as promoting the religious and cultural values.
Balbir Ram Rattan said that such religious pilgrimages promote social equality and need to be organized in every part of the State. He said that the devotees while seeking blessings for their families and themselves, should also pray for return of complete peace and normalcy in the State.
Mahant Rameshwar Dass said that one who visits this sacred place with pious mind and clean thoughts is freed of all the sins. The holy water from there clarifies all the evils from mind and soul. One who undertakes the Yatra with clear heart is surely blessed.
Vijay Mohan Thakur, while speaking on the importance of Yatra said that festival of Rudra Ganga Dham, on Guru Purnima is held every year on the Chandrani Hills in Dessa area of Doda region. Pilgrims across the country throng here. Yatra starts from Panch Narayani Mandir, Kathua and will pass through many religious places of Jammu, Udhampur, Doda and ultimately reaches Bhawan of Rudra Ganga on the first day of Guru Purnima.