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Swarankars adding festivity to Ganesh Chaturthi every year: Sh. Yudhvir Sethi

Ganpati Visarjan Shobha Yatra taken out from Dhakki Sarajian
In an impressive Shobha Yatra taken out, the devotees of Laxmi Narayan Temple at Dhakki Sarajan  bid adieu to Shri Ganesh (Bappa) who was installed in the temple since Ganesh Chaturthi. BJP Vice President Yudhvir Sethi was especially invited by Jammu Swarankar Association and Maratha Swarankar Association who had made elaborate arrangements for the Shobha Yatra before Ganesh Visarjan (immersion) in River Tawi.
Yudhvir Sethi accompanied by Kulbhushan Anand (President Swarnkar Sangh Distt Jammu) Arun Sethi (Sr. Vice President), Ajay Vaid (Gen. Secretary & Excutive member All India Swarnkar Sangh) Rajesh Verma and Raju verma (Vice President) Ashutosh &vikas (Secretary) and devotees led the Shobha Yatra which passed through main bazar of old Jammu city and culminated at River Tawi for immersion if idol of Genesha. The yatra, amid beating of drums and singing of Bhajans besides sloganeering of Ganpati Buppa Maurya passed through Jain Bazar, Purani Mandi, Vinayak Bazar, Parade, Chowk Chabutra, Lakhdatta Bazar, Kachi Chawni and Mubarak Mandi.
The procession comprised of elephants, bands brought from Gujarat and tableaus was on the route receive by people of different faiths and rellgions. Elaborate arrangements were made by local administration for smooth Ganesh Visarjan Yatra. Special prayers were held as pr Hindu rituals before final immersion which were led by Yudhvir Sethi who appreciated the efforts of Gujarati community and Swarankars in introducing such a wonderful festival to Jammu city which he added is known as ‘City of Temples’.
Yudhvir Sethi after performing Ganesh Pooja (Prayers) prayed for peace and prosperity for Jammu and Kashmir State. Speaking on the occasion, the BJP leader said Ganeshotsav is one of the most colourful and exciting 10-day long celebrations which the people of Jammu have started celebrating since past few decades with much fanfare. This faith of people, he said brings in festivity in air for ten days every year.
Commemoration of Lord Ganpati’s birthday every year, he added strengthens the moral bonding amongst people of different faith and religion and the festival also helps many artisans earn their living. “This is also the festival that celebrates the homecoming of Lord Ganesh as he leaves Mount Kailasha and enters our homes to bless us with happiness and prosperity”, he said.
Yudhvir Sethi informed that it was after public appeal in 19th century by Indian freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak that people started gathering in the name of Ganesh Pooja to defy British Government ban on Hindu gatherings. Ever since then the festival is being celebrated with much fanfare.
During the 10-day festival, devotees performed puja at the temples and had beautifully decorated ‘pandal’ where Ganesha idol was installed. Devotes from Panjtirthi, Upper Bazar, Mubarak Mandi, Jain Bazar, Dhakki Sarajian, Link Road, Chowk Chabutra and Kachi Chawni had gathered at the site to bid adieu to Ganesh Kaharaj.
Other who were present in the shoba yatra Pandey Babbar, Vikram Babbar, Kartar Mahajan, Sunny Sehgal, Naresh Abrol, Varun Verma, Rajeev Abrol and Rockey Kapoor.