Nine-day long Katra fest begins, Jammu Div Comm inaugurates

Jammu, Oct 7 : Jammu Divisional Commissioner, who is also the Chairman Navratra Festival Committee, Dr. Raghav Langer on Thursday inaugurated nine days “Navratra Festival” amid strict adherence to the Covid Safety protocols at Katra in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Divisional Commissioner appealed to the stakeholders of the Tourism Sector to come forward and work in synergy for the revival of the lucrative Tourism Industry and economy of the Union Territory of J&K which has come to stand still due to COVID -19 pandemic.
The Festival was organized by the Directorate of Tourism, Jammu in collaboration with Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Katra, District Administration Reasi, Municipal Committee Katra, Regional Outreach Bureau GOI with the active Participation of Local Tourism Trade Industry and stakeholders of Katra, NGOs etc.
The Navratra Festival was started in the year 1996 to promote pilgrimage tourism in J&K UT and has now become an annual event which is held during the auspicious nine days of the Sharad Navratras. The people celebrate Feminine Divinity referred to as Shakti during the auspicious 9-day.
In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been decided by the Navratra Festival Committee to celebrate the Festival this year in a simple yet spiritually fulfilling manner by following all COVID-19 protocols.
The Navratra Festival will continue for all the days during the Navratras wherein various programmes for pilgrims and tourists will be held at different venues at Katra like Mata Ki Kahani stage show at Spiritual Growth Centre Katra, Wrestling Competition on October 10 at SMVDSB Stadium, Devotional Song Performances on October 11-12 at Yog Ashram Katra, Cultural programmes and Multimedia Exhibition daily at Higher Secondary School Katra from 8 pm onwards, Hasya sammelan on October 12 at Higher Secondary School Katra, Kavi Sammelan on October 11 at Higher Secondary School Katra, Bhagwat Katha daily at Raghunath Temple Katra onwards, performance by specially abled children at Spiritual Growth Centre Katra on October 13, among other events.


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