Hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits participate in Maha Kumbh in Kashmir

Maha Kumbh in Shadipora

‘Dashar Maha Kumbh’ is being organised on the confluence of sacred rivers Sindhu and Vitasta in Ganderbal district of Kashmir on June 14, after a period of 75 years, in which hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits participated.

The kumbh is being organised in Waskoora tehsil of Ganderbal district.

At the confluence of Vitasta (Jhelum), Krishen Ganga and Sindh (Indus) rivers, there is a Chinar tree that stands on a small island in the middle of the confluence spot where there is a Shiva Lingam and there are also religious places like Shadipora Ghats and Narayan Bagh.

“It (the tree) is surrounded by water on all sides. This is known as Prayag Chinar. One has to come to this Chinar tree in a boat and go up some steps to have a commanding view of the confluence,”  a devotee said.

The Shiva Lingam kept under the shade of this tree’s trunk is also worshipped. This tree is considered mystical and sacred by Kashmiri Pandits and it is believed that even if the river flooding, the tree never sinks.