Sunday, 13 November 2011

'Girnar Parikrama'

Vadodara, Nov 11 (PTI) Thousands of devotees from Gujarat and neighbouring states participated in the famous 'Girnar Parikrama' held in Junagadh district on the ocassion of Kartik Purnima. For the Girnar mountain parikrama, the Junagadh Municipal corporation had yesterday set up posts at various points on the 36 km-stretch which witnessed tight security arrangements for the convenience of the pilgrims. Two persons reportedly lost their lives due to cardiac arrest during this parikrama and one of them died due to drowning in a pond. Fairs were held at Vautha, Shamlaji, Bhadarva, Somnath and other places across Gujarat, which saw tribals and people from various walks of life participating in the festival and the animal trade fairs held on the day. About 20 lakhs people took part in the five-day fair concluding on Kartik Purnima, which was celebrated with large livestock fair in Vautha, where large number of donkeys and camels were auctioned. At Shamlaji, scores of pilgrims from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Mahrashtra and Rajasthan carried flags and sang devotional songs and took bath in "Nagdhara Kund" as a ritual on the occasion. Many other took a holy dip in Sabarmati. In Somnath, thousands took part in the Mahadeo Fair which ended yesterday. The fair is held to celebrate the birth of Katikeya, the son of Lord Shiva. Stage shows, folk dances and instrumental music recitals were held in the spectacular settings of the temple on the occasion, which attracts a lot of tourists and foreigners.

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