Scores of Kashmiri Pandits participated in a religious procession in Srinagar, to celebrate Ram Navami, the birthday of Lord Ram, on Thursday.
It comes amid grim times, as hundreds of Pandit employees left the Valley last year, in the wake of a spree of killings by militants. In February this year, a Kashmiri Pandit was killed in Pulwama by militants.
The Pandits organised a procession, where community members wore colourful dresses, as part of the ‘Shoba Yatra’ in Srinagar.
The Pandits walked from the Kathleshwar Mandir, Zaindar Mohalla in Habba Kadal, in a procession. Chanting slogans, the dancing devotees were seen marching towards Lal Chowk. The procession culminated at Hanuman Mandir at Hari Singh High Street.
The Pandits also thronged the famous temples in the Valley, including Handwara’s Mata Badrakali, Ganderbal’s Mata Kheer Bhawani, and in Srinagar.
Several devotees fasting throughout the nine days of Navaratri also broke their fast after performing `Kanya poojan’ and ‘Sakh immersion’.