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| Last Updated:: 09/11/2021

A Kashmir spring is protected by a local festival




by Waseem Dar



  • Panzath Nag in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district supplies water for a trout fish hatchery and drinking and irrigation to a number of villages downstream.



  • Hundreds of men and children from the villages go fishing in the spring once a year as part of their tradition on Rohan Posh, a local festival.



  • The collective activity rids the spring of silt and weeds and restores its water level for the rest of the year.



  • The spring has a mythological relevance; the cleaning tradition has been in existence since time immemorial.