Guarding Divine and Devout during Nanda Raj Jat

During much awaited religious adventure Nanda Raj Jat 2014, police personnel had an important role to play. They did what they were supposed to do: guarding both divine and devout and maintaining law and order on easy to treacherous slopes of the Garhwal Himalayas.

They helped people in the need of hour. They respected religious sentiments of the devotees. The personnel also served free food to ensure that the participants could complete daily treks with little problem.

Young and old devotees also zealously guarded ceremonial parasols, palanquins, and symbols. The parasols are specially crafted umbrellas representing village-specific deities. Even devotees argued severely to carry and guard the deities during Nanda Raj Jat 2014. As ferrying the deities during the pilgrimage is a privilege of the few selected ones.

Today’s photo essay showcases the commitment of both devotees and police.

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