Chamliyal Mela celebrations witness huge rush of devotees
Samba (Jammu), June 23- Thousands of devotees from across the state and outside thronged the centuries old shrine of Baba chamliyal near International Border in Ramgarh sector of district Samba in Jammu (Kashmir) to seek blessings and cure for physical and spiritual ailments.
The highly revered shrine also has followers on other side of the border who come and collect the 'shakkar'and 'sharbat from the premises believed to be panacea for all skin ailments.
On this occasion Mr. S. Chattopadhyay IPS, IG BSF Jammu Frontier met the Pakistani Rangers led by Brigadier Masood, Sector Commander, Chenab Range at Zero Line and exchanged sweets and fruits to mark annual celebration of Baba Chamliyal Mela.
Thousands of devotees stood on both sides of the border to have a glimpse of the ritual of handing over of a ‘chaddar’ of flowers to the BSF officers by the Pakistani Rangers for being laid on the Dargah of Baba Chamliyal. The local administration and BSF handed over the 'shakkar 'and 'sharbat to thousands of devotees who eagerly wait for the same on the other side of the border.
Thousands of people on both sides jointly participated in the separate fairs at the shrine of Dalip Singh Manhas, popularly known as Baba Chamliyal.
Every year in Saidanwali village on the Pakistan side of the Zero Line, people organize a three day fair and wait for Shakkar and Sharbat of Baba Chamliyal’s Dargah.
The Jammu & Kashmir administration had made elaborate arrangements for the transportation of the local devotees to the shrine, besides providing civic amenities and other facilities at the Festival site. Men, women and children, who traveled all the way from different parts of Jammu division and from neighboring state of Punjab paid obeisance at the shrine and collected the Parsad.