Tag Archives: Dogra

After Omar, Now Mufti Sayeed ”expressed concern” over the ‘slow pace’ of conservation work on Mubarak Mandi Heritage Complex


Expressing concern over the slow pace of work on prestigious Mubarak Mandi Heritage Complex, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today issued directions for time-bound implementation of the conservation project to bring back it’s pristine glory. The Chief Minister directed the Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, to finalize the preparatory action for a time-bound implementation of the restoration project and also submit an Action Taken Report by August 1. Sayeed was chairing the governing body meeting of Mubarak Mandi Heritage Society (MMHS) in which wide-ranging decisions were taken to restore the splendour of Dogra heritage. Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh, Minister for Finance and Culture Haseeb A Drabu, Education Minister Naeem Akhtar, Minister of State for Culture and Information Priya Sethi, and …

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Jammu bids adieu to martyred sons

Nirmal Singh Homage Martyrs Manipur Imphal Jammu Dogra Warriors

Mortal remains of seven valiant martyrs reached from Imphal in a Special Indian Air Force aircraft at midnight at Air Force Station Jammu.   Six Martyrs Naib Subedar Ram Singh, resident of Swankha More, Vijaypur, Hav Satpal Bhasin, resident of Muthi, Jammu, Hav Randeep Singh, resident of village Bomal, Akhnoor, Lance Naik Kuldeep Raj, resident of village Burn, Jammu, Sepoy Vijay Kumar, resident of village Serh, Akhnoor and Hav Sunil Kumar resident of Sunderbani were from Jammu region and Martyr Sepoy Manjeet Singh was from Pathankot. Before the dispatch of the mortal remains for the last rites and military funeral, wreath laying was conducted at Station Headquarters Jammu.  The wreath were laid by Major General Dushyant Singh, GOC, Tiger Division, …

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Who Robbed Maharaja Hari Singh of his Traditional Garland?

Maharaja Hari Singh Statue

First Maharaja Hari Singh‘s statue was installed after a long wait for six decades in Jammu and now it has been robbed of its Garland. But who cares? Not even the self-styled sympathisers of Dogra rulers.

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Who will Convert Historical Raghunath Bazaar in to a Heritage Market?

raghunath bazar

Since 2008 the residents of Jammu city have been fed that the state government is keen on converting historical Raghunath bazaar in to a famous heritage centre by way of upgrading facilities and introducing ornamental lights, decked up pavements, underground cabling of electric wires but the regular visitors to the market continue to face hardships on account of lack of basic amenities in the crowded market flooded with visitors/tourists from different parts of the country. The beautification project sanctioned at a whopping cost of Rs. 6.62 crore is yet to take off in the absence of political will and lack of interest shown by the elite babus and local businessmen. Till date negligible work has been done for the beautification …

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Jammu festival enthralls audience but not tourists?

Gurdas Mann mesmerized Jammuities

The six day long Jammu Festival brought together Jammuities, braving harsh weather conditions, in large numbers on single platform and revived the festival spirit centering around rich cultural heritage and traditions of Dogra rulers. But if the objective of the festival was to attract a large number of tourists to Jammu and Kashmir, the organisers failed to attract them.  Reason, the festival was planned in such a fashion where participation of tourists was near impossible.  Barring heritage market of Raghunath bazaar the tourists were present nowhere near the venues of the cultural events.  For example, entry passes were required to gain entry inside the venues where musical events were organised and the same were not available to tourists. So the …

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Ahoi ashtami celebrated across Jammu region

Ahoi Mata Painting with Sweets Jammu

Ahoi ashtami celebrated across Jammu region by mothers for the well being of their children. Ahoi Ashtami fast, is observed by mothers for prosperity of their children. This day is dedicated to goddess Ahoi mata. Fasting is performed till sighting the stars. This festival marks the beginning of Diwali. Ahoi Ashtami falls on the Ashtami (eighth day) of Kartik month in North India. Mothers keep fast all day and in the evening offer Pooja water to stars and prey for their long life of their children. The story of Ahoi Ashtami relates to a woman who lived in a village with her seven sons. During the process of renovating and painting her house, she went to the forest to bring …

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Jammu Culture needs to be preserved for the next generation: Dy CM Tara Chand

Duggar Vikas Manch

Calling for exploiting tourism potential of the Jammu region to its fullest, Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand, said need of the hour is to promote heritage tourism and to take the visiting tourists beyond Katra. Dogra land has a rich cultural history and the same needs to be preserved for the next generation and attract the tourists. He said that concerted efforts are being made by the government to exploit the wide-ranging tourism potential of Jammu region. He said mega-projects have been launched to upgrade tourism infrastructure in places like Shiv Khori, Budha Amarnath and other such places of tourist interests and all out efforts have been afoot to bring the region up on tourism map. Related Story: Crumbling Mubarak …

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World-renowned Sculptor Chander Parkash on the mission of promoting Dogra culture worldwide through his work

Sculptor Jammu Chander Prakash

Chander Parkash our own ‘son of soil’ who hails from Udhampur has added another feather to his cap and brought laurels to Jammu and Kashmir by participating in an international sculpture symposium held in Germany from 18th august to 8th September where he was selected among 140 entries from 24 countries . He has also been selected in international sculpture symposium to be held in France and Costa Rica. Chander Prakash is preparing to go to Costa Rica where he has been invited by the government of Costa Rica. The work he did in Germany has got many ethnic visual elements of Jammu, the stylization of the sculpture reflecting Dogra imagery. On the question of about the things, ideas or …

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Maharaja Hari Singh- A Great Statesman

Maharaja Hari Singh_Dogra Ruler

“You could land up where you are because of good karma but it’s your thought and intentions that give you direction in life” this is the thought with which man of principle Maharaja Hari Singh ji was born. On 23rd Sept 1895, Raja Amar Singh was blessed with a son at the palace of Amar Mahal, Jammu. Hari Singh was the last Maharaja of the princely state of j&k in India. He married Maharani Tara Devi(1910-67) his forth wife as his first 3 wives had died young, and had 1 son Yuvraj(crown prince) Karan Singh. Raja Amar Singh probably foresaw the writing on the wall and brought up his son to learn the traditions and values which were the hallmark …

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Finally Govt. declares 150-yr old Gole Mahal as Heritage Site

Dilapidated and vandalised by land sharks 150 year old Gole Mahal has been finally declared as ‘heritage site’ by the Jammu and Kashmir Government. Located in the Hazauribagh area of Talab Tillo  on the outskirts of Jammu the Gole Mahal was built by Dogra kings. The heritage building was gifted by Maharaja Hari Singh along with the estate to his granddaughter Jyoti Singh. Sheikh Mohd Abdullah, former Chief Minister and grandfather of the present Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, and Bakshi Gulam Mohammad were kept in detention in Gole Mahal besides other top leaders of the state during Emergency.  A portion of the archaic structure was razed to ground by the property dealer in a bid to grab the prime property. …

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