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Thousands turn up as week-long Swankha mela begins in Samba

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Jammu: The week-long annual Swankha Mela commenced on Sunday at the famous temple of Bawa Sidh Goria Nath in Swankha village of Ramgarh, a border tehsil of Samba district.

Thousands of devotees from within and outside Jammu and Kashmir including Punjab, Himachal, Haryana and Delhi participated in the mela and took a bath in the holy ‘sarovar’ and offered prayers at Nath’s Samadhi, an official said.

He said Samba Deputy Commissioner Abhishek Sharma along with Senior Superintendent of Police Benam Tosh and other social and political activists visited the temple to seek blessings.

“The shrine is an important part of the tourism circuit of Samba district and efforts are underway to make the Sidh Goria-Bamuchak-Baba Chamliyal shrine a tourist circuit,” Sharma said.

He said the district administration made elaborate arrangements for the convenience of devotees, including medical facilities, drinking water and help desks.

Departmental stalls for various government schemes were also installed at the venue, Sharma said.

Mahant Bhola Nath appreciated the efforts of the district administration for its arrangements to ensure smooth conduct of the mela.

Many stalls were put in place by local vendors, which added to the economic activities of the area and enabled local trade, the official said.

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