Kheer Bhawani mela celebrated at Tulmulla

Ganderbal,  Jun 18: The annual ‘Mela Kheer Bhawani’, one of the significant festivals of Kashmiri Pandits associated with Goddess Ragnya Devi, was Friday celebrated with religious fervor and gaiety at Tulmulla area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district  amid strict adherence to Covid protocols.The festival is held on Jesht Ashtami (May-June) every year when Kashmiri pandits visit the place in large numbers to offer prayers and seek blessings of the deity.The district administration had made elaborate arrangements at the temple and it’s premises to ensure smooth conduct of this religious event.Additional Chief Secretary, Health & Medical Education, Atal Dulloo, IG Kashmir, K Vijay Kumar and Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Krittika Jyotsna visited the Shrine and paid obeisance at the revered shrine.The mela, which attracts a large number of people, especially Kashmiri Pandits, from across the country, was cancelled last year by Dharmarth Trust of Jammu and Kashmir, which organises the festival, because of the pandemic.However, this year, celebrations were held at the mela amidst chanting of religious hymns and sound of temple bells even as most of the devotees followed Covid protocols.PM wishes people on Jyeshtha AshtamiNew Delhi, Jun 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday extended wishes to people, particularly the Kashmiri Pandit community, on the occasion of Jyeshtha Ashtami. In Jammu and Kashmir, Jyestha Ashtami is celebrated by people at the shrine of Kheer Bhawani in Tullamula in honour of their patron goddess Ragnya Devi.”Kheer” (rice boiled in milk) is prepared on this day as a food offering.”On the auspicious occasion of Jyeshtha Ashtami, greetings and best wishes to everyone, particularly the Kashmiri Pandit community,” PM Modi tweeted. “We bow to Mata Kheer Bhawani and pray for everybody’s health and wellness,” he said.

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