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Aghar to be developed tourist village: DC Reasi Announced 5 lac for sports complex (15 June 2014)
Katra June 15: Aghar Jitto, native place of Baba Jitto has a unique identity in the foothill of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, would be developed model tourist village, said Deputy Commisioner Reasi Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary. He was addressing the gathering on Saturday evening during wrestling competition, held on the final day of mela.
Dr. Choudhary said in this regard, the department of Tourism has submitted a project report to the Centre for approval. He said after receiving the accord from Centre necessary infrastructure facilities besides beautification of the village would be taken up.
Dr. Choudhary also announced rupees five lakh for the development of Sports complex at Aghar Jitto village under rural sports development project.
It is important to mention here that Baba Aghar Jitto mela is organized every year by district administration in collaboration with local. In this mela Lakhs of people come from different parts irrespective cast, religion and pay their respect to baba jitto. The main attraction of the mela is special threatical performance by local artist depicting the life and sacrifice of baba jitto ji. Devotees wait all year to attend this mela and have become one of the major tourist attraction of the place after mata Vaishno devi shrine and shiv khori mela. District administration has taken special measures in making this Mela a big success. A chain of events like puja arti, bhajan kirtan Shobha Yatra, local folk songs, plays, cultural programmes, sports like dangal are organized by local administration to attract tourist. Various food stalls ,water stalls are arranged for tourist.
All local departments are asked to make arrangements for their stalls and showcase department achievements and attractions. Various private organization find a place to exhibit their products as it is a big tourist hub and they get a chance to showcase and sell their products. During the fair, exhibitions and stalls are organized by different government departments like agriculture, horticulture and floriculture, and other departments to educate the people about various government schemes and incentives so that people could avail the benefits. District administration put a great deal of effort in making this mela a big success and for all others mela ‘s to be as a benchmark standard
Every year a three day mela orgainzed by District Administration and tourist from Punjab Hatyana, Delhi etc come in groups to attend this mela and spend whole three days enjoying bhajan kirtans day and night. On first day shobha Yatra from the native house of Baba Ji is taken and after puja arti bhajan all night it comes to main mandir in Aghar jitto on second day. The puja archana is done all night long in form jagratas. On second special folk drama is done by famous artists of Jammu depicting the saying and sacrifice of Baba ji’s Legends. The mela finishes with Dangal a wrestling match in which local as well wrestlers from all over India come.