|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Jan 12: In its efforts to revive the disappearing Dogra cultural ethos, Team Jammu along with Jammu Heritiage Society and Jammu Dogra Warriors today organized impressive Lohri procession to educate the younger generation about age old traditions of Jammu region.
As Jammu region is facing cultural aggression due to anti-Dogra policies being propagated by ruling class since 1947, Team Jammu along with other organizations have taken this initiative with the involvement of youth, elderly and prominent people and representatives from all sections of the society.
The Lohri procession that witnessed hundreds of youth, children and elderly, started from historical Mubarak Mandi complex-seat of erstwhile Dogra rulers and culminated at the world famous Shri Raghunath Temple before passing through different routes of the city.
Route of the procession was especially decorated with buntings, flowers and banners. Various shopkeeper associations, from Mubarak Mandi to Raghunath Bazar had set up stalls of water, juice, fruits and dry fruits to welcome the participants who were beating dhols and singing traditional Dogri songs. People welcomed the procession including Nat Manch artists and school children of Environmental Education Institute, Jain Bazar performing Dandiya at several places by showering flower petals.
While culminating the procession outside world famous Shri Raghunath ji Temple by lighting firewood and jointly performing 'Argg' with recitation of 'Gayatri Mantra" by one and all, the speakers including, Chairman of Team Jammu, Zorawar Singh Jamwal, President, Jammu Heritage Society, Bhuvneshwar Gandtora, Chairman, Jammu Dogra Warriors, Varun Magotra and cultural wing head of Team Jammu and noted Dogri poet, Thakura Randheer Singh Raipuria.
Convenor of Vishav Kashmiri Samaj and former Commissioner, JMC, Kiran Wattal along with number of KP youths and elderly also participated in the event and wished people on the eve of Lohri.