Kashmiri Pandits Celebrate Mela Kheer Bhawani

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Hundreds of Kashmiri Pandit devotees prayed at the famous Ragnya Devi temple here in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Monday as the Kheer Bhawani mela was celebrated amid chants of religious hymns and ringing of temple bells.

Nestled in the shade of mammoth Chinar trees in Tulmulla village, the temple witnessed a massive gathering of devotees, most of them Kashmiri Pandits, who have journeyed from across the country. The Kheer Bhawani mela is one of the biggest religious functions of the displaced community.

Walking barefoot, the devotees carried rose petals and offered tribute to the goddess as men took a dip in the stream close to the shrine.

People jostled with each other to move closer to the main temple complex and offered milk and kheer (pudding) at the sacred spring.

The mela has become a symbol of communal harmony as Muslims in the locality make all the arrangements for the devotees, including setting up of stalls for flowers and other offerings.

Photos: Abid Bhat / KO

 

KPs Throng Kheer Bhawani Temple – Photo: Abid Bhat   

 

KPs Throng Kheer Bhawani Temple – Photo: Abid Bhat                                                                                                                                                             

 

KPs Throng Kheer Bhawani Temple – Photo: Abid Bhat                                                                                                                                                                               

KPs Throng Kheer Bhawani Temple – Photo: Abid Bhat   

KPs Throng Kheer Bhawani Temple – Photo: Abid Bhat

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