Grandeur marks grand Dussehra procession

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Oct 2017 11:12:27


Staff Reporter,

SYMBOLISING the rich culture of Sanatan Dharma and highlighting relevant issues in the country, historic 152nd Dussehra procession marked conclusion of Navratra festival with great religious fervour and zeal on Saturday. The procession was flagged off at Maharana Pratap Chowk with traditional pujan and aarti programme amidst chanting of religious rhymes by religious gurus.

The procession was taken out displaying idols of Goddess Durga and beautifully decorated live tableaux with participation of people from different sections of the society spread message of communal harmony and highlighted achievements of the country in technological upgradations and fight against terrorism. Main attraction of the procession was tableaux of Dokalam Standoff, defence procurement, boycott of Chinese products, forgery of self-claimed Baba Ram Rahim etc. More than 22 Durga Utsav Samitis enthusiastically participated in religious procession while a mammoth gathering of spectators enjoyed the procession throughout the night.

The procession was inaugurated in special presence of Minister of State Sharad Jain, Member of Parliament Rakesh Singh, Mayor Dr Swati Sadanand Godbole, MLA Anchal Sonkar, MLA Sushil Tiwari, former MLA Harendrajeet Singh, former MLA Lakhan Ghanghoria, former Mayor Sadanand Godbole, BJP District President G S Thakur, Leader of Opposition, Rajesh Sonkar, Dinesh Yadav, Vinay Saxena, MiC members, Kamlesh Agrawal, Shriram Shukla, Manpreet Singh Anand, Naveen Kumar Richaria, Ramesh Prajapati, Durga Devi Upadhyay, Indrajeet Singh, Jyoti Kureel, Rekha Singh Thakur, Veena Jain and other eminent persons were present.

As per tradition, Shri Govindganj Ramleela led the procession followed by idols of oldest Sunarhai and Nunahai Durga Utsav Samitis. Huge effigies of Demon King Ravan, Kumbhkaran and Meghnad were taken our prior to Ramleela procession followed by teams of cultural dances that provided complete entertainment to devotees. A tableau of Ram Darbar was central part of worship for devotees where tiny-tots were attired as Lord Ram, Sita, Laxman and Hanuman.

The procession started in the evening and reached Hanumantal pond passing through Super Market, Lordganj, Kamania Gate, Sarafa, Kotwali and concluded with idol immersion at Hanumantal pond as per tradition.

Besides, melodious tunes of religious and patriotic songs played by the international Shyam Brass Band added attraction to the procession. Grand Dussehra festival was celebrated in the city amidst tight security arrangements by District Police Department, while fire tenders of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation were also in the procession and kept on alert at station to escape any untoward incident during the festival.

During the procession, Collector Mahesh Chandra Choudhary, Superintendent of Police Shashikant Shukla, Additional Collector Chhotey Singh, Additional SP Suraj Kumar Verma, Additional SP Guru Prasad Parashar, Additional Commissioner G S Nagesh, Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Ayachi and others monitored law and order arrangements.