KaanSakhiyaan–Voice of Dogra
KaanSakhiyaan is a concept unique to the #Naraate celebrations in the Jammu Region. Though the perfect way to foster community spirit this #DuggarTradition is fast disappearing and now remains restricted to smaller towns and villages. During Navratras young girls get together and make a clay idol of Durga Mata, decorating it and taking care of it. Every morning after taking a bath , they carry water from the river and use it to worship the Mata, doing Dhoop, tikka and also water the #Saankh / Jau grown during these days. Amongst the girls one becomes #Pachailan or Priestess incharge of the worship of Mata. On the last day the girls bring flour and sugar from their homes and #Babru and Puris are made. One amongst them becomes #Kaan /Kanha and others become #Sakhiyaan /friends of Kanha. The Pachailan distributes Naivedya/Prasad to all those who come to pay obeisance to Durga Ma. The celebrations come to an end with the Pravaah of the Mata ki Moorti and the Saankh. This is a beautiful way to celebrate a festival strengthening not only bonds between people but also spreading divine thoughts collectively.