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Thursday 17 August 2017
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Five days long Panch Bhisham festival begins

Five days long Panch Bhisham festival has begun at Jayanti Mata temple in Kagra town. The festival will conclude on November 10, coinciding with Kartik Poornamashi. It is celebrated as the marriage of Tulsi and Saligram and also to remember the great warrior of Mahabharta Bhishampitama. It is said that Bhishampitama lay on a bed of arrows during the Mahabharata during these five days.

The famous Kangra Fort is on the one side of the Manji river and on the other side on top of the hill is an ancient temple of Mata Jayanti. People in this valley solemnise the marriage of Tulsi and Saligram during these five days at their homes and bhajan and kirtan are performed to mark the occasion. Tulsi is worshipped by women in many home.

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