Shimla: The week-long International Minjar fair of Chamba concluded on Sunday amidst jubilation as Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who was tied Minjar (silken tassel, symbolising top blossoms of maize plant), adorned colourful turban and participated in a colourful traditional Shobha Yatra (procession) of the historic fair. The procession started from the Akhand Chandi Palace and passed through the main bazaar, where in thousands of people from all over the district dressed in their traditional and colourful attire participated.
The procession was led by Lord Raghuvir, the principal deity of the town, who was carried in a beautifully decorated palanquin with Chadi (insignia) of local gods and goddesses accompanying him. The people from all over the district and other neighbouring states queued up on both sides of the road to have glimpse of the elegant display. The procession finally culminated at Manjari Garden, where traditional ‘Kunjari Malhar’ was sung and the Chief Minister immersed the Minjar and coconuts in river Ravi.
The Chief Minister also presided over the closing ceremony of traditional ‘Chinj’ (wrestling) competitions of both men and women at the historic Chaugan and presented the prizes to the winners of the various competitions. It was for the first time that the women from out of the state participated in the wrestling competition during Minjar. A colourful Dandaras dance (Tribal dance) of Bharmour region was performed at Chamba Chaugan on the occasion.
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