JAMMU, APR 30:
Priya Sethi MLA and Yudhvir Sethi Vice President (BJP) Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) joined by devotees and management Pacci Dhakki Welfare Committee today installed statues of Radha and Krishan, Kali Mata, Lakshmi Narayan, Jalfa Mata, Ganesh ji and Maa Saraswati at the historic Radha-Krishna temple located in Pacci Dhakki area of Jammu City. The installation ceremony (Murti Sthapana) was conducted amid chanting of shalokas and reciting of bhajans by the head priests and devotees. The entire area was wearing a festive look with temple decorated with flowers and buntings.
Speaking after Murti Sthapana, Priya Sethi said, “believed to be constructed by erstwhile Maharaja of the state this historic Temple is about 300 years old and after giving it a new look it was again thrown open for commoners who had been paying their obeisance here since ages but were pained at the condition of this temple.She added that freshly renovated temple with new statues is giving devotees several reasons to celebrate and they are looking forward to celebrate festival of Janmashtami here in a big way. Devotees in large number had gathered to take part in the ceremony which was held after Bhandara. Earlier, a Kalash Yatra was also taken out by the devotees which after passing through main bazars of old city culminated at the temple where statues of Gods and Goddesses were installed.
The Maharajas of Jammu it may be recalled had constructed five temples namely Radha Krishna (Pakki Dhakki), Laxmi Narayan (Panjtirthi), Gada Dhari (Dewana Mandir) and two temples of Lord Shiva near Peerkho about 300 years ago. Others who graced the occasion were Seema Dogra, Parsino Devi, Usha Sharma, Pawan Kumar, Sunny Dogra, Sanjay Kumar, Dharampal and others.