Governor Shukla presides over closing ceremony of International Shivratri Fair

Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla while presiding over the closing ceremony of the week-long International Shivratri Fair at Mandi today said that fairs and festivals of Himachal Pradesh were distinctive in their own way and were the means for celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the State. He said that rich colours of tradition witnessed during these festivals should be preserved for posterity as they affirm our identity as a great Nation. Lady Governor Smt. Janaki Shukla was also present on the occasion.

While extending greetings on the occasion the Governor said that he was fortunate enough to obtain blessings of the local deities besides witnessing the splendor of the Shivratri Mahotsav and the unique Dev tradition of Himachal Pradesh for the first time.  “In this unique festival of Dev Samagam, where the devotees get an opportunity to have glimpse of local ‘Devi and Devtas’, the visitors also get acquainted  about the traditions and civilization of Chhoti Kashi and its customs”, said Shukla.

He said that the Mandi Shivratri is not just a fair it is a festival to preserve our cultural heritage. Earlier, the Governor paid obeisance at Madhorai Temple and also participated in the Shobha Yatra.

Deputy Commissioner cum Chairman Mela Committee Apurv Devgan, welcomed and honoured the Governor. He also detailed about the week-long activities held during the International Shivratri festival.

 A cultural programme was also organized on the occasion. Former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition Jai Ram Thakur, MLAs Anil Sharma, Chander Shekhar, Vinod Kumar, Rakesh Jamwal, Inder Singh, Prakash Rana, Dalip Thakur, Puran Chand, Deep Raj and Surinder Shauri, Chairman, Zila Parishad, Sanjeev Guleria, Chairman, APMC, Virender Bhatt, Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Mandi,  Sakshi Verma and other prominent people were also present on the occasion.

The Governor and the lady governor also paid obeisance at Bhootnath and Tarna Mata temple in the morning.

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