Senior BJP leader Mr Devender Singh Rana today joined hundreds of devotees and offered prayers on the auspicious occasion of the first Navratra at Kol Kandoli Temple, the first spiritual destination on the ancient heritage Mata Vaishno Deviji route, and prayed for peace, progress, prosperity, and tranquility in the country.Mr Rana performed Pujas in spiritual ambiance amid recitation of Mantras and Bhaints of The Mata Rani.
Interacting with the devotees, Mr Rana exhorted the people to join the ensuing Yatra on the Pracheen Marg, beginning March 26, from Kot Kandoli to Oli Temple. The heritage route, passes through Jagdamba Mata Kheer Bhawani Temple - Jagti, Durga Mata Temple - Pangali, Shiv Temple - Thandapani - Drabi, Shiv Shakti Temple, Raja Mandleek Temple- and Raja Nowalgarh Temple – Marh, Drabi, Kali Mata Temple - Gundla Talab, Ram Darbar, Shiv Temple- Bamyal and Oli Temple Chhapanoo-Bamyal before reaching the sanctum sanctorum of the Bhavan of Mata Rani on Trikuta Hills.
He expressed gratitude to the Lieutenant Governor Mr Manoj Sinha for instructing the concerned departments and agencies for making necessary arrangements to facilitate this Yatra.Greeting the people of the country from the foothills of the Bhavan of the Mata Rani on the Navratras, Mr Devender Rana prayed India to emerge as Vishwa Guru as per the vision of Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi.
He hoped that the people will observe the Navratras with religious fervour and traditional gaiety. He also hoped this auspicious occasion to spread peace and amity and inspire people to rededicate themselves to the service of humanity and the country. He invoked blessings of Maa Durga and prayed for universal brotherhood besides well-being of the people.
“Navratras are the auspicious days when we all should submit before Mata Rani, the divine mother, and seek Her blessings for all. He said the people of Jammu are blessed to be under the footsteps of Mata Vaishno Devi that has all along showered Her divine blessings upon millions of devotees from times immemorial.
“We must devote ourselves to the special prayers for Mata to overcome all our difficulties”, he said and hoped that Navratras will see Jammu and Kashmir ushering in a new era of peace, progress and development.Mr Rana exhorted the people of Jammu to maintain their proud hospitality towards the pilgrims thronging from various parts of the country.
He hoped that the blessings of Godess Durga will see us through all the challenges confronted to humanity.Later, Mr Rana participated in Chari Yatra of Baral Mata at Baral Mata Temple in Panchayat Sagoon. He also visited the ancient Raghunath Temple in the area and paid obeisance.
Prominent among those who also joined the prayers included Som Nath Khajuria, Sarpanch Lala Kishore Sharma, Pt. Rameshwar Dutt Sharma, Baba Chanchal Singh, Harish Sharma, Sarpanch Bodh Raj, Sarpanch Anil Barsala, Sarpanch Raman Wazir, Sarpanch Kanta Devi, Kulbhushan Singh, Prof Bass Dev Sharma, Subash Singh Advocate, Numbardar Puran Singh, Ajju, Sukha Pandit, Vandana Sharma, Suman Sharma, Capt Bansi Lal, Natti, Sanjay Sharma , Amiti Sharma, Anita Slathia, Seema Jamwal, Jagdish Khajuria, Bhushan Singh and many others.