Ecstasy of Devotional music and chanting of Bhajans mark concluding ceremony of
Navratra Festival celebration at Katra.
Katra (Jammu), October 16 - The 9-day long Navrata Festival in the Holy town of Katra came to musical conclusion this evening with announcements of winners for the mega final event of All India Devotional Song Competition, which was jointly organized by the Department of Tourism, J&K Government and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) Katra during Navratra festival.
Miss. Sonali Dogra of Jammu was declared as best singer and bagged first prize in the Mega Final event of All India Devotional Song Competition. Mr. Rakesh Mahotra from Jammu and Mr. Shivvanker Bharti of Kathua, were adjudged second and third respectively in the bhaint competition. As many as 15 singers from different parts of the country participated. Mr Mool Raj, a previous winner of the All India Devotional Song Competition, Katra also mesmerized jam packed audience with his melodious bhajans.
The Member of Parliament, Mr. Ch. Lal Singh was the chief guest on the occasion. Noted Bollywood's famous filmmakers Mukesh Bhatt and David Dhawan with Ganesh Jain, Managing Director Venus Records and Tapes Ltd, Vikash Mohan, Trade Analyst and and Barkha Arora, CEO Zee Jagran were the judges in the Mega Final contest organized as a part of Navratra Festival.
Earlier the sacred Jyoti was lit near Asia chowk, Katra which was taken out in the form of a colourful procession with jhankies depicting the rich cultural heritage of the state. The procession after passing through the bazaars of the holy Katra town finally culminated at the venue of Devotional Song Competition. The function concluded amidst chanting of bhajans and beating of drums at Yog Ashram.
The prizes worth Rs. one lakh in shape of gold to the first winner, Cheques amounting to Rs. 25,000/- and Rs. 15,000/- to second and third winners were later distributed by the Cjief Guest to the winners of the All India Devotional Song Competition on the occasion.