Srinagar: Grand prayer meetings were held on Saturday by Kashmiri Pandits at the historic Durganag temple and the Mata Sharika Devi temple in Srinagar to celebrate ‘Navreh’, the first day of the new year, according to the Kashmiri Pandit calendar.
Kashmiri Pandits held special prayers at the Mata Sharika Devi temple situated on a hillock called the ‘Hari Parbat’ in the middle of the old city. This was the first such prayer meeting held on Navreh at the Sharika Devi temple 32 years after the migration of the local Pandits from their native land.
Before their exodus, local Pandits used to celebrate the beginning of the new year at this temple.
Those who had gathered for the celebrations said the situation has improved Kashmir in the last couple of years, and the number of terror incidents have also decreased.
People exuded confidence in the positive steps taken by the administration and the government and hoped to return to their homeland soon.
A grand Puja was also held at the Durganag temple in Dalgate area in Srinagar where a large number of people joined the prayers held for peace, prosperity and development of humanity in general and Kashmir in particular.