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Fares and festivals have a unique charm of their own. These occasions provide a meeting place for people from different shades of opinion. In Rajouri district, these had been an unmatched heritage of celebrating fares and festivals and the people have adopted these as a part of life. 


Dusshera is celebrated all over the district. In the Rajouri town Ram Lila is held at Town Hall, Rajouri. On the Dusshera day a procession is taken out in the city. The effigy of Ravan, Kumbhakaran and Meghnaath are burnt


About two kilometers from Sunderbani on Beri-Pattan road, there is a Shiv temple at Ban Puri.  The temple is situated at a big platform in an open ground on the roadside, thus have developed as a great attraction for every passerby.

The village is named as Ban Puri after the name of Ban Ganga  (Now in Pakistan), where,  it is believed that 500 years ago, the great  saint, Gosain Baba  Kashi  Dass  Ji,  after seeing "Light" and  achieving  great spiritual fulfillment from the great shrine of Amarnath, had decided to say for the meditation for several years, for welfare of mankind.

The Baba was a great Saint with advanced spiritual eminence and  a large number of miracles and forecasts attributed to him attracted lacs of  people from  different  religions  to  seek his blessings  and  become  his disciples,  who  after  the partition of the country, built  the  BanPuri temple.   A grand Yagya is arranged at the shrine, which is participated by thousands of people and the disciplines of the Baba from all over the Jammu region.

The place has assumed great significance following a  series  of miracles  and  prophecies  by the Baba and the devotee keep on  coming  and going throughout  the  year  and  fulfillment of their  wishes  and  plying obeisance.




Nowshera Day  is  another  occasion of  majestic  and  prestigious importance.   The town folk and army personal recall bravery of civilians of Nowshera in repulsing the attack of Pakistani invaders on December 16, 1975, on the day jointly.  Forty Four Years ago on that fateful day, when the tribal  raiders  assisted by the Pakistani  forces  has  captured Rajouri,  Sunderbani  and Jhangar and other areas, the people  of  Nowshera irrespective  of cast, color and creed stood like a rock and resisted  the invaders attempts to intrude into the territory and in the process, made in numerable  sacrifices.  They held the fort till the reinforcement from the Indian Army arrived.   The army then pushed back the invaders and cleared the areas.

 To remember the saga of sacrifices and heroism exhibited by gallant Indian soldiers  and civilians, who resisted the onslaught of Pak  invaders in the battle of Nowshera in 1948, Nowshera Day is celebrated on February 6 every year.   Army has constructed a hospital near the rock where Brig. Mohd Usman  was  hit by a shell of enemy at Jhangar and a war  memorial  at Nowshera  for  Naik Yadunath Singh.  Both the gallant soldiers had  set  an example of high sense of patriotism and national Integration for the coming generations  and; were awarded M.V.C. and P.V.C.(posthumously) respectively for their exceptional gallantry.

 Every Year, on this day a commemorative function is held, attended by thousands of  people including large numbers of civilians,  ex-soldiers and army   personnel.    Rural Sports,   Cultural  Programmes,  stalls   of developmental  achievements  in various sectors are arranged by  the  civil administration,  and tableaux of war heroes are the major attractions of the festival.






Photo : Maharajkar Singh Isher

  The festival of colors, Holi at Rajouri gives a unique charm and is celebrated in an unmatched style.  The week long festival carries rich  traditions of all Hindus,  Sikhs  and Muslims and this unity in diversity had  been  a matchless heritage of people of Rajouri since the ancient period.

On the very first day, the tableau of Hanuman Ji is taken out from the Sanatan Dharam Sabha followed by thousands of people especially youth going around the town.  This day nobody plays with colors.

 From next day, the tableaux of the Bhairav, the Lord of Devil is taken out from the Sabha, which also takes a round of the town.   Thousands of people from all religions participate in the processions, through colors/ Gulal on each other and dance as the drum beats.  This presents a unique scenario of social life in Rajouri.  Every Day, before starts of processions, the tableaux of personified Bhairav walks down to Rajouri river which is also known at Darhali nallah, and bows his head before the big stone lying their.

 The sacred stone is about 3 meters of  height, and is popularly known  as ‘Bhairav Pathar’,  these rites during holi days in the distinguish style are believed to be as old as the Rajouri town itself.

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