J&K: Farooq Abdullah prays for peace, wellbeing of humankind at Dugra Nag temple

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SRINAGAR: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister

Farooq Abdullah

on Saturday visited the ancient 'Durga Nag' temple here on the occasion of 'Durga ashtami' and ‘Ram navami', and paid obeisance to the deity.
The National Conference (NC) leader, who turned 84 earlier this week, prayed for peace and wellbeing of humankind.
He arrived at the temple located at the Dalgate along with members of his party when priests from the

Kashmiri pandit community

were performing a 'havan' there.
"This is an important day for our Hindu brothers and sisters and this temple has a significance. I came to extend my greeting to them on the occasion of religious festivals being celebrated here," Abdullah, who is a

Lok Sabha

member, told reporters.
He also prayed that displaced Kashmiri pandits return to their homes as soon as possible.
Dressed in a traditional pathani suit, the NC leader was wearing a face guard in view of the COVID-19

pandemic

. He also appealed to people to follow all protocols of social distancing at public places.
Durga Nag is believed to be a more than 700 years old temple. In 2013, a

Shiv Lingam

was placed at the temple premises.

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