Srinagar, June 08 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the annual Kheer Bhawani Mela held today in Tullamulla village of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.
Tullamulla Temple in addition to being the holiest place of the local Kashmiri Hindu Pandit community is also the symbol of centuries-old eclectic culture and brotherhood among different communities of IIOJK. Local Dharmarth Trust maintains the shrine complex spread over a large piece of land surrounded by springs.
The Tulmulla area of district Ganderbal witnessed enthusiastic scenes as a large number of devotees arrived at the temple of Hindu deity Ragnya Devi. A Kashmiri Pandit devotee said that it was after almost two years that devotees arrived at the temple to pay obeisance and to pray for themselves and the entire humanity.
Mostly Kashmiri Pandits were seen performing the rituals of the festival at the temple besides that Muslims were seen greeting Pandits and making arrangements for the pilgrims.
A sign of communal harmony is always revisited at this temple during the historical festival which provides an opportunity to local Muslims who wait eagerly to re-unite with the Pandit community who left the Kashmir Valley in the early 1990s.
The usual rush of the Hindu devotees was missing due to the recent targeted killings in the valley and calls for relocation of the Pandit employees. Hundreds of Pandit families have moved to Jammu during the last few days. Nearly 250 Hindu devotees, mostly migrant Kashmiri Pandits, were brought to Tulmalla, yesterday, in a fleet of the buses arranged by the authorities.