Festivals, melas and celebrations add a lot of fervour and gaiety to the state’s tourist scene. Jammu Kashmir is one such region that holds a lot of festivals to attract more tourists. One such mela is ongoing in the state and will continue till November 16. The Jhiri Mela usually lasts ten days and is hosted at Baba Jitoo Temple. Read on to learn more about the Jhiri Mela.
Jhiri Mela At Baba Jitto Temple In JK
Baba Jitto Temple (Jhiri)
Baba Jitto, originally known as Jit Mal, was an honest and truthful farmer. A Brahmin and devotee of Mata Vaishno Devi and Raja Mandalik. Jit Mal used to live in Aghar village near Katra, Vaishno Devi. Aghar village also has a spring water (1/n) pic.twitter.com/cW7agrAvQA
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The Mela at Baba Jitto Temple is taking place after a period of two years of delay due to the pandemic. As per reports, the Jhiri Mela has approximately one lakh visitors every day from all over the country. With such kind of attendance, officials also ensure that the iconic Jhiri Mela at this temple goes on without any inconvenience. Such kind of a gathering usually takes place during the time of Kartik Purnima, when people visit to seek blessings at Baba Jitto Temple. The people who mostly visit this mela are the farmers. It is believed that Baba Jitto, too, was a farmer who sacrificed his wife for the sake of his right.
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Significance of The Mela, How To Reach There & More
Considering that the Mela is happening after a period of two years, it is anticipated that a large number of devotees from the states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal are going to visit. Further, the devotees even take a dip in the healing waters of Baba da Talab. The Baba Da Talab is located at a distance of 4 km from the Baba Jitto Temple. To attend the Jhiri Mela, you must head to the temple, which is around 60 km from the Jammu airport and around 7 km from the Katra Railway station.
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