Swami Vishwatmanand Saraswati ji Maharaj gets warm reception at Poonch.
# Scores of devotees witnessed the “Chariot Procession” with full enthusiasm and religious fervour.
Rajguru Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Shri Shri 1008 Shri Swami Vishwatmanand Saraswati ji Maharaj got warm reception at Poonch with their first visit to the town here today after becoming the Pithadishwar or Acharya Mahamandaleshwar of renowned “Shri Shambu Panchayati Atal Akhara” , one of the oldest akhara of the country.It is pertinent to mention here that Swami ji is the first saint from northern india who was made head of such a prestigious and ancient akhara last year.
A huge “Chariot Procession” (Rath Yatra) was taken out on the occasion started from main Abdullah bridge accompanied by scores of devotees.The yatra then passed through Eidgah Chowk, Nakahanwali gali, Lakshminarayan mandhir, Shia market, Main bazar, Qila market and finally culminated at Dashnami Akhara mandir where swamiji was welcomed by huge gathering who came there from surrounding areas like Degwar, Agote, Jhallas, Mangar, Kunian, Bhainchh, Mendhar, Draba, Ari, Surankote and Rajouri.In the entire route,the yatra was welcomed and also sweets and eatable stalls were kept by various religious and social organizations.
In the entire route, the devotees were chanting bhajans and the whole atmosphere become spritual with the voices of devotees who were chanting bhajans and kirtan and paid their whole hearted obescience towards their Guruji.Full security arrangements have been made in the entire mentioned route by the district administration and also instructed the concerned officers to make necessary arrangements for the successful completion of yatra.
Speaking on the occasion, Swami ji Maharaj in his discourse showered blessings on his devotees.He preached that inclusiveness is the core etho of Santam Dharma and therefore we should always promote brotherhood in the society. He further said that we search for god in the outer world but god is in us and can be realised only through meditation. “We keep worshiping God in different forms but service to humanity is true worship”, he added.
The prominent personalities present on the occasion were Mr.Yashpal Sharma, MLC, Poonch, Mr.Satish Sasan, President, SDS, Mr.Basant Ram, President, Dashnami Akhara, Mr.Gulshan Bakshi, President and Om Parkash from Buddha Amarnath Committee, Mr.Rajinder Singh, Secretary, Gurudwara Prabandak Committee, Pt.Ashwani Sharma, SVS Ashram Rajouri, Advocate Mohd. Zamal, Mr.Taj Mir, Sarpanch, Master Iqbal and other representatives of various socal and religious organisations from Poonch.