Jhiri Mela (Festival) Inaugurated
Jammu, November 10 - Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Mr. Raman Bhalla inaugurated 9-day long Jhiri Mela (Festival), here today in presence of a large gathering at Baba Jitoo devsathan.
Congratulating the Management Committee of Jhiri Mela and administration for making excellent arrangements in the Mela, the Minister asked the officers to maintain close coordination between the Management Committee and different agencies associated with the Mela to ensure success of this annual event. He laid thrust on ensuring availability of un-interrupted power, water supply and adequate stock of medicines and other essentials at the Mela site. He also directed the concerned to ensure proper sanitation in the Mela site.
The Minister said Government has already announced certain measures for the beautification of all the ancient shrines across the Jammu & Kashmir State including Baba Jitto shrines for benefit of the tourists and pilgrims.
Remembering the life history of Baba Jitoo, the Minister said Baba Jitoo has always worked for the upliftment of poor, weak and downtrodden sections especially farmer community throughout his life. He said deed teachings of Baba Jitto serve as beacon-light for the humanity forever.
Baba Jitoo a great spiritual saint was the devotee of Mata Vaishno Devi and he used to visit for the prayers to the holy shrine daily from his native village Garkot in Katra and was enlightened with special power.
The Samadhi of Baba Ji was installed at Jhiri over 650 years back on Kartik Purnima and since then as a tradition Mela is held every year here in which lakhs of people drawn from different parts of the country participate. With the supreme sacrifice, the Baba Ji has given the message that fighting the injustice is the real dharma. His daughter also went into Samadhi along with her father and a temple of Mata was later constructed adjacent to his Samadhi.