Mela Kheer Bhawani

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Mela Kheer Bhawani

  • Kashmiri Hindus, locally known as Pandits, will celebrate the Zyestha Ashtami at the Mata Kheerbhawani temple at Tulmulla in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal.

About The Temple:

  • Dedicated to the goddess Ragnya Devi.
  • Location: 30 km from Srinagar city, it is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Kashmiri Hindus.
  • The temple gets its name from kheer, or milk and rice pudding.
  • It's a local belief that the water of the temple’s spring changes colour from white to red and black in which black symbolises impending disaster.
    • Kashmiri Pandits relate it with the militancy of 1990.

About The Festival:

  • Every year, a mela or festival is held at the temple.
  • The festival, known as Mela Kheerbhawani, is the largest gathering of Hindus in Kashmir after the annual Amarnath Yatra.
  • Sevaks at the temple say that over 10,000 pilgrims visited the temple during the festival.
  • Hundreds of local Muslims, too, traditionally join the celebrations.
  • Pandemic and recent targeted killing of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley hit the pilgrim’s count.

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