Amid chants of “jai mata ki”, a sea of devotees thronged the city temples in the state’s winter capital on Tuesday to pay obeisance, as the nine-day Navratras began amid tight security arrangements across the region.
All the city temples were decorated, but the main attraction was the historic Kali Temple (Bahu Fort), where a huge number of pilgrims queued up since Monday midnight for darshan of Goddess Kali, popularly known as ‘Bawe wali mata’.
Since times immemorial, the Bahu Fort temple has assumed a significant place among the people of Jammu city, and attracts devotees from remote and bordering areas not only during the Navratras but all round the year.
The district administration has made adequate arrangements for the security and smooth conduct of the festival. Traffic police was deployed at the Bahu Fort and a private parking facility was also made available for the devotees.
Thousands of devotees also thronged the Vaishno Devi cave shrine situated in Reasi district on the first day of the Navratra.