Hundreds of devotees throng Kupwara

“I am so happy that I came here. I prayed for peace and harmony. I was glad to see young Muslim boys making arrangements for the festival,” said Kashif Tikko, a Kashmiri Pandit who came here after 25 years.

MUZAMIL SHAH
Kupwara, Publish Date: Jun 21 2018 1:26AM | Updated Date: Jun 21 2018 1:26AM
Hundreds of devotees throng KupwaraGK Photo

Hundreds of devotees on Wednesday thronged the temple of Ragnya Devi, a revered goddess of Kashmiri Pandits, to celebrate the annual festival of Kheer Bhawani in Kupwara.

The shrine at Tikker, Kupwara, is a replica of the Kheer Bhawani temple in Tulmulla.

“I am so happy that I came here. I prayed for peace and harmony. I was glad to see young Muslim boys making arrangements for the festival,” said Kashif Tikko, a Kashmiri Pandit who came here after 25 years.

The devotees offered milk and kheer (pudding) to the sacred spring surrounding the shrine. The devotees were also showering rose petals.

Hindus living in Jammu and other parts of the country visits this Kheer Bhawani mela annually.

 “For the first time in 12 years I saw an increase in the number of devotees,” said Kashinath.

“It is homecoming. The communal harmony I witnessed here warmed our hearts. I want to return home,” he added.

Ravinder, a migrant Kashmiri Pandit said he was 12 when he left Kashmir. He had come to the shrine for the first time and was “surprised to find the same brotherhood that existed when I left”.

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