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J&K celebrates Janmashtami, devotees visit temples for prayers; procession taken out at Lal Chowk (PICs)

Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti wished the community on the occasion.  Religious processions were taken out in various parts of Srinagar.

New Delhi: Janmashtami or Gokulashtmi, was celebrated with great spiritual fervour and gaiety by the Kashmiri Pandit community, in the valley on Monday.

The festival that marks the birth of lord Krishna, the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is celebrated globally by the devotees.

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The Kashmiri Pandits who had not migrated from Kashmir following the militancy in the early 90s, were seen visiting temples in Srinagar to offer their prayers. The community members including women and children were joined by government employees from various departments and security personnel from paramilitary forces.

Former Chief Ministers, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti also wished the community on the occasion.

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Processions were taken out in various parts of Srinagar, including the historical Lal Chowk. To mark the occasion, the Muslim community also welcomed the religious processions in colorful attires.

The processions were taken out from 200-year old Ganpathyar Temple, situated on the bank of sacred Vistasta. The last procession on the occasion was carried out in 2018 in Srinagar, which could not happen for the next to two years due to curfew restrictions and covid-19 protocols.