Historic Sudh Mahadev Festival (Mela) Inaugurated
Udhampur (Jammu), June-14:- The historic Sudh Mahadev mela in Chenani tehsil of Udhampur district in Jammu – J&K got underway amidst colourful festivity around the Mela site on Tuesday. Thousands of devotes thronged to Sudh Mahadev temple to seek the blessing of Lord Shiva during first day of three-day festival.
During the first day of three days of folk fair, the devotees first bathe in the Beenisangam called Budhisudhi rivulet, which flows out from top of the Dhar Shivgarh and is considered an abode of innumerable saints. The devotees take bath in sin destroying spring (Pap Nashni bowli) situated just at the entrance of the temple, about which it is said that a holy dip in this spring shuns all evils.
MLC, Mr. Yash Paul Khajuria, formally inaugurated the Sudh Mahadev Festival. MLA Chenani, K.C. Bhagat, Tehsildar Chenani, (Mela officer), Mr. R.K. Anand, Officers of different departments, Tourists, pilgrims, prominent citizens and Local Mela Committee members were also present on the occasion.
District administration has made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the Mela like uninterrupted power, safe drinking water, sanitation, medicare, Police Control Room, assistance both and security have been made at the mela site beside various departments like Agriculture, Horticulture, Health, National Rural Health Mission, Apiculture, Handicraft, Handloom and Animal Husbandry have put up their departmental stall.
Number of temporary sweet shops, toy shops and other eatable corners by the locals as well as out side vendors were the main attraction for the general public visiting the Festival site. Out numbered children were seen enjoying the joy rides. On the occasion Department of Youth Service and Sports Udhampur and Information Department also arranged cultural programme for the entertainment of people at the Festival site.