The Himachal Chief minister Virbhadra Singh inaugurated International Mandi Shivratri Festival at Madhav Rai temple and took part in the Jaleb procession here today.
Speaking on the occasion at Paddal ground, Virbhadra Singh said that Mandi Shivratri festival had been organised here from centuries ago when Mandi was knows as ‘Chhoti Kashi’. “Mandi Shivratri was a confluence of Vaishnav and Shaiv tradition and more than 200 deities along with their kardars participate in this festival. It is one of the biggest festivals being celebrated in Himachal Pradesh and these are very helpful in the conservation of our rich culture and traditions,” Singh said.
Singh further stated that International Mandi Shivratri Festival had a distinguished identity in the country and State Government had provided international level status to certain fairs and festivals for promoting them at national and international level.
“Our party believed in equal and all-round development of the State without discrimination and policies and programs will be implemented for the welfare of common man. Besides giving pace to construction of roads, hydro-electric projects and irrigation and public health schemes, the state government had adopted the manifesto of the Congress Party as official policy document and promises made in the manifesto would be implemented in phased manner,” the Chief minster said.
He added that that free traveling facility will be provided to all the students of the schools from April 1 in Himachal Road Transport Corporation buses.