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Rajnath celebrates Dussehra with BSF jawans, performs 'shastra puja'

October 19, 2018 15:51 IST

IMAGE: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh performs shastra puja at a BSF camp in Bikaner, Rajasthan, on Friday. BSF Director General Rajni Kant Mishra is also seen. Photograph: Press Information Bureau of India

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday celebrated Dussehra and performed 'shastra puja' in this forward post of the Border Security Force along the highly sensitive Indo-Pak border, officials said.

 

This was for the first time that a senior minister of the central government conducted the 'shastra puja' or worship of weapons on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami along India's border with Pakistan.

The home minister, who arrived at the frontier headquarters of the BSF in Bikaner on Thursday evening, celebrated Dussehra festival with the jawans, an official said.

'Shastra puja' is part of the Dussehra festival which is celebrated for the victory of Lord Ram over Ravana.

During the two-day visit, the home minister interacted with the family members of the BSF personnel, attended a feast with the jawans and addressed the security personnel, another official said.

Singh also reviewed the situation on the border and assessed the progress in various infrastructure projects.

The 3,323-km-long Indo-Pak border is considered to be highly sensitive.

Even though the border in Rajasthan is peaceful, the border guarding forces of the two countries often engaged in massive firing in Jammu and Kashmir, leading to loss of human lives and properties.

Last year, the home minister had celebrated Dussehra at Joshimath in Uttarakhand along the Sino-Indian border.

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