Prayagraj, Jan 25: A group of Dard Aryans, a tribe of Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh region known for their liberal customs and ornate costumes and believed to be the original descendants of the ‘pure Aryan race’, participated in the the Kumbh 2019.
This small group of 30 Dard Aryans offered prayers, performed sacred Sangam Aarti, presented a folk dance of their community and interacted with other visitors while celebrating their unique tradition and culture here on Thursday.
Such events are happening in the Kumbh Mela camp of Parmarth Niketan located at Arail Ghat.
The Dard Aryans also presented traditional garlands and scarves to Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Sadhvi Bhagwati. They also presented water of Indus river brought by them.
It was later mixed with the water of the Sangam and poured over a globe during the sacred world water blessing ceremony.
Swami Chidanand, while welcoming the group, said as long as these connections and relationships survive, no matter where we live, the tree of diversity would flourish and bear rich fruits and this is what we should do on the banks of the Sangam. "We stand together and resolved to live together. We were one and would always be one. This was the message of Sangam," he added.
The small group of Dard Aryans represented a community inhabiting the Dha, Hanu, Beema, Darchik and Garkone villages in Leh and Kargil district. The villages are together called the Aryan Valley, said Virendra Bangroor, documentation officer, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, accompanying the delegation. (UNI)