The annual yatra for Historic Harmukh Ganga (Gangbal) Yatra 2019, at the mountainous abode of Lord Shiva in North East Harmukh Range, 14500 ft above sea level, concluded here the other day amid religious enthusiasm by Kashmiri Pandits, Vinod Pandit, Chairman APMCC and Gen Secy HGGT told reporters here today.
Scores of Kashmiri Pandit pilgrims had joined the Annual Harmukh Ganga (Gangbal) Yatra 2019 also known as Kailash of Kashmir under the leadership of Vinod Pandit organised by Harmukh Ganga (Gangbal) Trust (HGGT) the sole trust authorized to organize the Gangbal Yatra and supported by All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee (APMCC), King C Bharati, Senior Journalist and Vice President HGGT said in a statement today.
King C Bharati informed that the Kashmiri Pandit pilgrims who arrived in Srinagar on September 04 from all over India assembled at Naran Naag in Kangan tehsil of Ghanderbal district of Kashmir division of Jammu and Kashmir on September 05 to start the formal yatra under the leadership of Vinod Pandit, General Secretary of HGGT, At 8:30 am from historic Naraan Naag temple.
He said that while, senior officials of police, CRPF, army and civil administration flagged off the yatra formally besides other departments also attended the Charri Pujan ceremony at Narannag temple.
Giving details Vinod Pandit said that with the trust managing the activities of annual pilgrimage has progressed in a well organised system of registration of pilgrims giving them various facilities which have been well appreciated by the yatries who joined the pilgrimage over the years.
The statement issued by King C Bharati said that the yatries assembled at Srinagar on and proceeded towards Naran Naag in Kangan Tehsil, of Ganderbal district and on Sept 05 morning a Charri Puja was conducted before proceeding on foot towards Trinkhul Base from where the yatries after a night stay proceeded to holy Gangbal lake to perform Shardha of the departed souls of security forces who sacrificed their lives for the nation and ancestors of the community on September 06, on the auspicious day of Ganga Ashtami alognwith individual Shradha by the pilgrims.
Anil Bhat President of the Trust said that the yatra has seen significant growth over the past several years adding the Charri Pujan of Ganga Charri at Naran Naag was conducted at 8 am today while the Holy Charri was flagged off at 8:30 am.
Volunteers and members of HGGT who attended the yatra include Vinod Pandit, Chairman APMCC & General Secretary HGGT, Anil Bhat, President HGGT, Pradeep Pandita, Vinod Tickoo, Vinay Koul, Ashok Singh Jamwal, Rajive Pandita, Sunil Raina, Akhil Koul, Ajay Sharma, Bhushan ji Bhat, Rohit Raina, Sanjay Sharma Brahmaji and Ajay Raina besides scores of other Pandit yatries,