Dasehra celebrations pass off peacefully

September 27, 2009
Celebrations of Dasehra festival pass off peacefully amid tight police arrangements. Besides main functions organised at Dasehra ground, Bhadarkali, Cheharta and khandwala; at least 150 venues of dasehra were covered by the police keeping in view the sensitivity of the occasion. The police averted clash between rival groups at Khandwala. Effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkarna and Meghnad were burnt by the organisers at this occasion. People from all walks of life participated in the celebrations with joy and happiness. SSP Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh chaired a meeting of officers early this morning to take stock of the situation and gave clear cut directions to maintain peace and tranquillity in the larger interest of the community.
Beside this ten days long fair of langoors was also concluded in the ‘Bara Hanuman Mandir’ at Durgiana complex. The Langoor Mela during the Navratra festivities is very popular at the Durgiana Temple as mostly childless couples seek the blessings of Lord Hanumana and promise that if they are blessed with a son, they would dress their wards as langoors and will observe a nine-day fast during the festivities. The police had made elaborate arrangements for the devotees’ besides making arrangements at leading routes. Children dressed as langoors, dancing to the beats of drums in a procession passing through different parts of the town marked the festivities. At least 4900 langoors besides over 1,000 people dressed up as Hanuman participated in the Mela.
The District Police Chief Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh extended heartiest congratulations to the devotees and citizens of Amritsar at this occasion.

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