The 3-day Historic Sankri Devta mela in block Panchari of district Udhampur today concluded here with overwhelming participation of over 40,000 devotees, who thronged the mela site from different areas of the state to pay obeisance and get blessings of revered deity for overall peace and prosperity. Minister of State for Finance & IT, Pawan Kumar Gupta was the chief guest on the concluding day of the mela.The mela was organized under the overall supervision of District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary.While speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gupta said that Sankri mela played a pivotal role in promotion of local culture, brotherhood and communal harmony in the society. Mr Gupta added that he had constituted a Joint committee with MLA Chenani as chairman, who will do survey and make master plan for the integrated development of the Panchari area.
He also said that by involving various departments such as PWD, PHE, Tourism, Horticulture , Agriculture and Floriculture, this area would be developed as a tourist spot and more fruit trees, good crops and flowering plants would be planted in a well planned manner. He assured the people that our Govt will do a lot of improvement and development at the mela site and other areas of the Panchari, Mongeri, and Lander. He also informed the people about various social security schemes such as APY, PMJJBY and PMSBY and stressed upon them to open more accounts under JDY.Earlier, MLA Chenani Mr Dinanath Bhagat, also spoke on the importance of Sankri devta temple and rich culture traditions of the people of the area.
During the three days of the mela devotees from all walks of life paid obeisance at Sankri Devta.
During the festival, the students of various educational institutions and folk artists belonging to surrounding areas presented folk dances and songs depicting the tradition of the area which was highly appreciated. Rural sports were also organized by the DYSS on the occasion.Number of departmental stalls, temporary sweet shops, toy shops and other eatable corners by the locals as well as outside vendors were the main attraction for the general public visiting the Mela site. For the successful culmination of the three-day festival, the district administration Udhampur had made elaborate arrangements of security, drinking water , power supply, medicare, traffic regulation, additional bus services and stock of commodities etc.Among others, ACD Udhampur, Mr Dhananter Singh, Engineers of PHE , PMGSY, PWD &PDD, Mela officer (Tehsildar Panchari) Mr Narinder Kumar, BDO Panchari Mr Nitin, Naib Tehsildar, Mohd. Arif Tak, Tehsil Heads of various departments were present on the occasion.