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Festivals in news: Mela Kheerbhawani


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Prelims level : Mela Kheerbhawani

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

Kheerbhawani Temple

  • The temple is dedicated to the goddess Ragnya Devi.
  • The festival, known as Mela Kheerbhawani, is the largest gathering of Hindus in Kashmir after the annual Amarnath Yatra.
  • Situated 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 that pilgrims pour into the spring inside the temple complex as an offering to the goddess.
  • Hundreds of local Muslims, too, traditionally join the celebrations.

Legend of the festival

  • Legend has it that the water of the temple’s spring changes colour from white to red and black.
  • The colour of the water is said to predict the impending future.
  • If it changes to black, it is seen as inauspicious or an impending disaster.
  • Kashmiri Pandits say that the water had turned black before they were forced to flee Kashmir during the militancy of 1990.


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Try this PYQ:

Q.Consider the following pairs:

Traditions- Communities

  1. Chaliha Sahib Festival- Sindhis
  2. Nanda Raj Jaat Yatra- Gonds
  3. Wari-Warkari- Santhals

Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3

(c) 1 and 3

(d) None of the above


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