Jammu: Navratra, the festival of devotion dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga, will commence from October 5 in Katra in Jammu and Kashmir, the base camp of Mata Vaishnodevi shrine.
To discuss arrangements for the ensuing nine-nights long festival, District Development Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhary convened a meeting of senior officials and members of Navratra Festival Celebration Committee at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB).
The DDC was apprised of the activities to be performed during the period besides other preparations being made for conducting the festivities smoothly.
Choudhary asked the officers to come up with innovative and impressive events with in the available resources to ensure maximum public participation.
He said that being a momentous affair of Jammu division, emphasis should be laid on traditional programmes.