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Harmukh-Gangbal Yatra commences in Ganderbal

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Ganderbal: The 15th annual Gangbal yatra commenced here in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Friday.

The pilgrimage to the Harmukh-Gangbal Lake situated at an elevation of 3570 meters started from Naranag area of Kangan in Ganderbal district early Friday after the group of pilgrims, mostly Kashmiri Pandits, was flagged off by the Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Shyambir Singh.

SSP Ganderbal Nikhil Borkar and other civil and police officials were present on the occasion.

The group of pilgrims left from the Naranag temple for Annual Harmukh Gangbal Yatra amid religious fervor and were accompanied by SDRF team, police and other officials.

After performing Puja at Naranag temple, devotees set on foot to undertake a 36-km trek to Gangabal lake, which is located around 14,500 feet above sea level in the Harmukh mountain range.

According to officials, the sacred Puja would be performed on the banks of Gangbal lake on Saturday following which the pilgrims will return the next day.

The pilgrimage was organized under the banner of the Harmukh Ganga (Gangabal) Trust (HGGT) and All Parties Migrants’ Coordination Committee.

The District Administration has made all arrangements including accommodation, food, medical and security arrangements for the pilgrims.


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