Navratra Festival News

Inauguration of Navratra Festival. (Oct-05)

The  Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Tara Chand accompanied by Minister for Tourism, Mr. G.A. Mir  inaugurated  Eight days long Navrata Festival-2013 at Katra, the base camp of the holy cave shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji , by lighting the sacred Jyoti on Saturday. The Navratra festival  is being organized by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB), Tourism Department and  District Administration, Reasi in collaboration with local organizations. As a part of the inaugural ceremony, an attractive Shobha Yatra depicting the rich cultural heritage of the state amidst spiritual ambience was taken out from the Asia Crossing which culminated at bus stand.  The procession comprised  of a large number of pilgrims from across the country and abroad, school children, cultural troupes and tableau. The helicopters showered flower petals on the procession adding colours to the occasion. Extending greetings to the people in general and pilgrims in particular on holy Navratras,  the Deputy Chief Minister said that the Navratra festival provides an opportunity to the visiting yatris from various corners of the country and abroad to have a glimpse of our rich cultural heritage and peaceful co-existence of people of different faiths. Mr. Tara Chand lauded the efforts of state tourism department for diverting Shri Vaishno Devi Ji Pilgrims to different tourist destinations for the promotion of tourism industry. He said work on artificial lake at Jammu, cable car project at Bahu fort, beautification of Mubarkh Mandi Complex and expansion of the Jammu Airport is under process for attracting more tourists in Jammu division. Dy. CM said that Rail service to the holy town Katra would be started soon adding that with the train coming to Katra the Yatris will have the added facilities for performing the pilgrimage to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi. Mr. Tara Chand  said that government is committed to extend all facilities to the people of Katra in general and visiting pilgrims in particular. He also highlighted various on going developmental projects for the Katra and instructed the concerned agencies to complete these projects in a time bound mann. He also assured that   problems like  water supply, solid waste management and other similar issues of Katra town related to the smooth flow of Yatra would also be  given due consideration for their early redressal. Minister for Tourism, Mr. G.A. Mir while speaking on the occasion  extended his greetings to people of Katra in general and visiting pilgrims in particular on the auspicious occasion on holy Navratras. He said it was all due to the blessings of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji  that over 1.25 crore pilgrims  visited at the holy cave shrine which supplement the tourism industry in a big way. Terming the Navrtra Festival Katra a symbol of secularism the Minister for Tourism said that the event provides and opportunity to the people of different faiths to participate in the festival. He said public cooperation is imperative for making such event a great success. Mr. Mir announced Rs 10 Lacs enhancement in the budget of the Navratra festival. MLA Reasi, Mr. Baldev Raj Sharma and MLC Mr. Jugal Kishore Sharma also spoke n the occasion and  assured all out help for smooth conduct of the Navratra Festival  Katra and also  put forth various demands for the development of Katra and its adjoining areas like separate higher secondary school  for girls, creation  of new administrative units in Reasi district. Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Mr. Shantmanu who is also the Chairman of the Navratra Festival Celebration Committee highlighted the various events going to be held during the Navratra days and said efforts be made to design this festival on modern line in near future to attract large number of pilgrims. He also appreciated the efforts of all coordinating agencies for extending their cooperation in making the event successful. Director Tourism, Jammu, Mr. Soujanya Sharma delivered welcome address  while Deputy Commissioner Reasi, Dr . Shahid Iqbal Choudary presented vote of thanks. As part of the festival, shobha yatra cum cultural procession will be taken out from Asia Chowk at 7.30 p.m., All India Devotional Song Competition will be held at Shri Yog Ashram Air Strip, Katra at 8 p.m and cultural programme will be arranged by the Song and Drama Division at GHSS, Katra at 8.30 p.m. daily.
Similarly religious discourses on the Ramayana and Bhagwat Gita will be held at Raghunath Mandir from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m, Hasya Vyang Competition at Durga Bhawan Katra on October 09 to October 11 at 8.30 p.m daily and wrestling competition will be held at Multipurpose Sports Stadium, Katra on October 11 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Talent Show for blind children would also be held n October 12 in the premises of GHSS, Katra at 11 a.m.
Exhibition of Departmental stalls would be held at GHSS, Katra. Cultural programme and awareness rallies would also be taken out by the school childrens during the festival. Joint Director Information, Jammu, Samita Sethi,  SP, Reasi, Mr. Sharief Chouhan, SP Katra, Mr. Pawan Parihar,  senior officers of different departments, members of Navratra Celebration Committee,  prominent citizens and large number of devotees were present on the occasion.

All India Devotional Song Contest Starts. (Oct-06)
KATRA, OCTOBER, 06:- All India Devotional Song Competition being organized as a part of Navratra Festival 2013 at Yog Ashram Complex at Katra started last evening by lighting a traditional lamp by Yog Acharya Swami Yoga Nand Ji Maharaj and Additional Deputy Commissioner Reasi, Mr.Rajinder Tara Singh in presence of Additional SP Katra, Pawan Parihar.. In the preliminary round of competition Mr. Yasir Hussain from Punjab and Mr. Balwant Raj from Udhampur jointly shared 1st position while Mr Rajeev Kumar Salotra from Jammu and Mr. Sanamdeep Singh  from Jammu adjudged 2nd  and 3rd position respectively. In all  15 participants hailing  from within and outside the  states   participated during the first day of the contest. First, second and third winners were awarded with the cash prizes of Rs 5000, Rs.3000 and  Rs.2000 respectively. Professor in Music, Mrs. Anupama Sharma, Ex.HOD Music, Dr. Usha Bhagati   and former Station Director All India Radio, Mr. Darbari Lal Kaswalia  Adjudged the competition.
The proceeding of Competition was conducted by Mr. Rakesh Wazir who is also the Chairman of the said Competition besides Member Navratra Festival Committee. The grand finale of the All India Devotional Song Competition will be held on 12th of Oct. and winner will be awarded with Rs. One Lakh Gold Coin of Goddess and a recording contract with Venus Records & Tapes ltd.
       Moreover, Contestants who stood Ist. in the preliminary round will directly join the Grand Finale on 12th Oct. and 2nd. and 3rd position holders will again contest among themselves in semi-final on 11th   Oct. to qualify for Grand Finale. The All India Devotional Song Competition is being organized by S.M.V.D. Shrine Board, Department of J&K Tourism, District Administration Reasi in collaboration with the different agencies. The interested participants could enrol themselves at Tourist Office Katra self or through phone number 01991-232005, 233301.
Poets mesmerize audience at Navrara fest. (Oct-06)
KATRA, OCTOBER, 06:- As a part of on-going Navratra Festival, Katra, Culture Club organized a Kavi Sammelan at Bus Stand Katra here last evening.
General Manager, Industry, Reasi, Mr. Krishan Lal  was the chief guest on the occasion. The poets who recited their  verses in the Kavi-Sammelan  which mainly include   Mr. Surinder Singh Manhas, Randheer Singh Raipuria, Mohan Lal, Jagjit Sufi, Balram Saini, M.K. Pagal, Vijay Sharma, Amita Mehta, Sunita Sharma, Sanjeev Padha, Kamal Singh Kamal,  Bishan Dass Gharia,  Raj Kumar etc.
The poetic presentations by the poets on different issues were so forceful that compelled the audience to give repeated and big applause.  Presenting vote of thanks, the President of the club extended his sincere thanks to Add. CEO, SMVD Shrine Board,   Tourism Department, Municipal Committee Katra,  J&K Police, J&K Bank, and people of Katra for supporting the event. Earlier, the function was inaugurated by the chief guest by lilting a traditional  lamp at the venue of the sammelan in presence of the Members Navratra celebration committee and other functionaries of the organizing club. Among others,  Mr. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Sh. Sardari Lal Dubey, Mr. Virender Kesar,  Mr. Naresh Kumar and large number of people were also present in the Kavi Sammelan.
Environment rally, fancy dress, painting contest held at Katra. (Oct-08)
As a part of Navratra Festival being organized by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Katra and State Tourism Department in collaboration District Administration Reasi and  local organizations, a massive awareness rally to educate the masses about the environmental protection was organized in the holy town Katra, the base camp of Shri mata Devi ji Shrine this morning. As many as over 800 students both girls and boys drawn from the 24 schools of Reasi district participated in the rally.
District Industry Manager, Mr. Krishan Lal, Assistant Director tourism Vinakshi koul;  and Zonal Education Officer, Pouni, Mr. Harish Dubey jointly flagged off the rally from Government Higher Secondary School, Katra. The students carrying placards and raising slogans regarding environmental protection after  passing through various locations of the Katra town like bus stand, main bazaar, Chintamani Mandir finally culminated at Government Higher Secondary School, Katra. Earlier, Fancy Dress Competition was also organized in the premises of the sdahool  in which students of different educational institutions attired in colorful  dresses presented different rupas of Goddess  Durga .
Later, a painting  competition on the topic environmentalprotection was also organized in Government Higher Secondary School, Katra. Among others, Assistant Director Tourism Ms. Veenakshi Kaul, District Information Officer Parvinder Kour Principal, Government Higher Secondary School, Katra, Members of the festival committee  and  prominent, Teachers and large number of students were present on the occasion.
Folk performances, cultural procession mesmerize devotees. (Oct- 08)

Scintillating cultural performances presented by the artists of Song and  Drama Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (GOI) are attracting large local crowd including thousands of pilgrims from within and outside the State during the ongoing Navratra festival- 2013  at Government Higher Secondary School, Katra. The artists of the department attired in their traditional costumes spell bound the thickly crowded audience with their heart throbbing performances, last evening.
The presentations of folk dances of different regions of the country which received huge applause from across the audience included Harran,  Maharaja folk dance of Manipuri, Dogri folk dance “ Geetru” Himachali, Punjabi folk dances and songs. The performance compelled every body present on the occasion to give them repeated cheers.
Earlier,  As a part of on-going Navratra Festival being organized by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) and Department of Tourism in collaboration with District Administration and local organizations at Katra, a  cultural procession depicting rich culture of the state and other parts of the country was taken out  from Asia Crossing, where the District Development Commissioner Reasi, Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudary who was the chief guest on the 3rd  Navratra, lit the sacred Joyti before the start of impressive procession.
The impressive Shoba Yatra- cum- cultural procession was taken out from the  Asia Crossing which after passing through the main bazaars and other locations of the Katra town culminated at GHSS, Katra.
Various *Jhankies*like traditional
*Kud* by Khem Raj & Party*, Itarsi Band**,** Bakerwals,
**Panchayats**,*and various scenes from *Ramayana* and *Mahabharata* mesmerized the large number of devotees and huge crowd present on the occasion.
Among others, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Reasi, Mr. Rajinder Singh Tara, Joint Director Tourism, Mr. Shiv Kumar Gupta, Deputy Director Tourism, Mr Subash, Project Officer, DRDA Reasi, Dr. Jagdish Mehra, General Manager Industries, Mr. Krishan Lal, District Information Officer, Mrs. Parvinder Kour besides President Hotel & Restaurant Association Katra Shyam Lal Kesar, officers of different departments, Members of the festival committee, large number of yatris and local people were present on the occasion.
An other event of Navratra Festival, “ Hassaya Vyang contest” started in the premises of Durga Bhawan Katra last evening. The participant hailing from with and out side the state made the audience brust in to laughter with their hilarious performances touching various aspects of the social evils and human life. As many as 16 contest took part in the preliminary round out of which 12 select for second round.
As a part of Navratra festival, the contest is being organized by Hassaya Vyang  Organization Katra in collaboration with Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Katra, J&K State Tourism Department and District Administration Reasi.

All India Devotional Contest. (Oct-08)
Music has no religion, boundary: DC Reasi
KATRA, OCTOBER-08:-  With greater participation of singers from within and out side the state,  the All India Devotional Song Competition being organized as a part of on going Navratra Festival at Katra by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, J&K Tourism Department and District Administration in collaboration with different agencies is gaining momentum with every passing day of holy navratras in the premises of Yog Ashram, Katra last evening.
On the third day of Navratra, Mr. Nikhal Majotra from Miran Sahab Jammu clinches 1st Position, Mr. Rajesh Gaind from Jammu stood 2nd  and 3rd prize was taken by Ms. Gunjan Dixit from Mathura Utter Pardesh. Deputy Commissioner, Reasi, Dr Iqbal Choudary  who was chief guest on the occasion distributed cash award prize of Rs. 5000/-, Rs.3000/- and  Rs. 2000/- along with gifts from Zee News among Ist 2nd and third winners respectively.
Similarly, the winners of the second day of the contest were also given same cash prizes along with gift hampers to Mr. Subhjinderjeet from Amritsar , Mr. Chaman Lehri from Reasi and Mr. Amit Sharma from Pathankot (Jointly) and Ms. Anuradha Sharma  from  Jammu Lauded the efforts organizers of the bhaint contest especially, the chairman of All India Devotional Song Competition, Mr. Rakesh Wazir in putting their best efforts for the successful conduct of the mega event. “ Music has got no religion, cost or creed. It speaks only one language of love and happiness and bring us together irrespective of boundaries”, the DDC said and added that by the dint of sincere efforts Devotional Song Competition is being recognized all over the country and abroad.
The proceedings of Competition were conducted by Chairman of the said Competition Mr. Rakesh Wazir  in a most effective manner. Among others, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Reasi, Mr. Rajinder Singh Tara, Joint Director Tourism, Mr. Shiv Kumar Gupta, Deputy Director Tourism, Mr Subash, Project Officer, DRDA Reasi, Dr. Jagdish Mehra, General Manager Industries, Mr. Krishan Lal, District Information Officer, Mrs. Parvinder Kour besides President Hotel & Restaurant Association Katra Shyam Lal Kesar, officers of different departments, Members of the festival committee, large number of yatris and local people were present on the occasion.
Various events marks 4th day Navratra fest. (Oct-09)
The Navratra Festival 2013 being organized by Shree Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, J&K Tourism Department and District Administration, Reasi in collaboration with various local organizations entered into 4th day last eveing. Director Tourism, Mr. Soujanya Sharma who was the chief guest on the occasion. On the 4th day As a part of  on-going Navratra Festival, different events were organized which attractive large crowed.
In All India Devotional Song Competition being organized in the premises of Yog Ashram, Katra,  Mrs. Banasree Sarkar from West Bengal, Mr. Rakesh Deol from Jammu  and Ms. Mavish Sharma from Jammu adjudged Ist , 2nd and  3rd position respectively. In all 16 participants hailing from  with in and outside the state participated in the mega event.
Director Tourism, Mr. Soujanya Sharma gave cash prizes and gift hamper  Rs. 5000/-, Rs. 3000/- and Rs. 2000/-  to 1st , 2nd and 3rd winners. Dr. Surinder Sharma from Himachal Pradesh, Dr. Usha Bhagati and Mrs. Parveen Sabherwal  both from Jammu were educater of the programme.
Chairman of the competition, Mr. Rakesh Wazir said that final of the competition will be adjudged by the famous personalities from media and Bollywood  including Actor Aftab Shivdasani, Ganesh Jain Managing Director Venus Records & Tapes Ltd., Ramesh Taurani Managing Director Tips Industries Ltd., Mohinder Batla Chairman cum Managing Director MH Group, Vikas Mohan Producer and trade analyst, Barkha Arora CEO Zee Jagran and Ramesh Raina CAO Disha Channel and  will meet the press at  Hotel Ritz Manor, Jammu while coming to Katra on 11th  Oct. 2013. Earlier, a shobha yatra comprising various Jankies was taken out from Asia Crossing where Director Tourism, Mr. Soujanya Sharma lit the sacred Joyti which mesmerized the pilgrims visiting holy town. Thousands of pilgrims were seen standing on both sides of the passage of procession showering flowers and raising slogans in praise of Goddess Durga.
Likewise, Cultural Programme in Hassya Vayang contest, 12  contestant participated in the semi final and out of which 8 contestant qualified for final round. The participants who will give their hilarious performances in the final include  Rohit, Shazi Khan, Sonu, Amit Raja, Atul, Khabri Lal, Abhishek and Sudesh respectively. Other event which were organized during the 4th Navratra at the base camp of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine include cultural Programme by Song and Drama Division  in the premises of GHSS, Katra and Bhagawat Katha at Raghunath Mandir, Katra. Among others, Assistant Commissioner Revenu, Reasi, Mr. Tilak Raj Shastri, SP Reasi Sharief Chouhan,  Additional SP Katra, Mr. Pawan Parihar, Project Officer (DRDA), Dr. Jagdish, District Information Officer Parvinder Kour Mehra, President Hotel & Restaurant Association Katra, Sham Lal Kesar, President, Hassya Vanyag, Mr. Gopal Padha,  prominent of the town, Sardari Lal Dubey , Shiv Kumar Sharma, Swami Joganand, Harish Dubey, Advocate Surinder Sharma, Virender Kesar  were also present on the occasion.
Bollywood personalities to adjudge best singer. (Oct-11) 
KATRA, OCT-11:- Ishant  Sidhu from Shimla was awarded a cash prize of Rs.5,000 who clinched first position on the 6th day of All India Devotional Song Competition  organized by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVD), J&K Tourism Department, District Administration, Reasi in collaboration with different agencies  on Friday evening during the ongoing Navratra Festival at Katra.*
*            Mr. Vishwa Gandrav from Jammu got second position,  Miss. Viva Bharti from Kathua & Mr. Vikram Badyal from Udhampur shared third positions in the contest.*
*            Superintendent of Police, Katra, Mr. Pawan Parihar  was the chief guest    while IAS Probationers, Dr. Piyush Singla, Mr. Ravinder Kumar and Mr. Akhilesh Kumar were the special guests on the occasion. *
*The proceedings of the programme were conducted by chairman of the competition,  Mr. Rakesh Wazir.  *
*Mega Final of the All India Devotional Song Contest would be held on October 12, 2013 and the competition would be adjudged by the famous personalities from media and Bollywood.  Winner of the mega final would be awarded with a gold coin amounting to Rs one lac and  a recording contract with Venus  Records & Tapes Pvt. Ltd. *
*            Project Officer DRDA, Reasi, Dr. Jagdish Mehra, Assistant Director Tourism Ms. Veenakshi Kaul,  SDPO, Katra, Mr. Rajinder Katoch, President Hotel & Restaurant Association, Katra, Mr. Sham Kesar and Members of the festival committee were present on the occasion.
Cultural procession, folk performances  mesmerize pilgrims. (Oct-11)
Amidst unprecedented activities added with spiritual atmosphere, a colourful cultural procession highlighting the cultural and religious significance of the state was taken out from Asia crossing Katra where a large number of people from all section of the society, devotees and yatries accompanied the procession last evening. *
*Superintendent of Police, Katra, Mr. Pawan Parihar and IAS Probationers, Dr. Piyush Singla, Mr. Ravinder Kumar and Mr. Akhilesh Kumar who were the special guests on the occasion jointly lit the sacred jyoti before the start of procession. *
* Attractive cultural procession after passing through the main locations of the holy town of Katra, the base camp of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, finally culminated at Govt. Higher Secondary School Katra.*
*Project Officer DRDA, Reasi, Dr. Jagdish Mehra, Assistant Director Tourism Ms. Veenakshi Kaul, SP, Mr. Suram Singh, President Hotel & Restaurant Association, Katra, Mr. Sham Kesar,  Cultural Association, Katra, Mr. Surinder Khajuria, SDPO, Katra, Mr. Rajinder Katoch  and Members of the festival committee were prominent among those who accompanied theprocession.  Meanwhile artists of Song & Drama Division presented a colourful cultural bonanza including folk dances and songs in the premises of Hr. Secondary School Katra last evening.  Folk Dances of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal, Manipur, Punjab were highly appreciated by the audience present on the occasion. As a part of Navratra Festival, Shri Bhagvat Katha is also going on in the premises of Shri Ragunath Temple, Katra where large number of devotees are converging to listen to the holy verses of Katha during the Navratra days. As part of Navratra Festival scintillating cultural programme was also organized by the students in the premises of Gvt. Higher Secondary School, Katra in which students of different educational institutions presented group dances and songs which got loud applause from the audience. Principal of GHSS, Katra, Mrs. Tripta Bhardwaj, Zona;l Education Officer, Pouni, Mr. Harish Dubey and heads of the various educational institutions were present on the occasion.

 

 

 

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