Kheer Bhawani Temple

SRINAGAR — The vibrant and much-anticipated annual mela at Mata Kheer Bhawani temple in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district has kicked off with fervor, bringing together Kashmiri Pandits in a heartfelt prayer for peace and the return of old times to the Valley.

Amidst the jubilant atmosphere, a dedicated devotee expressed her hopes and aspirations, emphasizing the longing for harmony and brotherhood among all communities.

Speaking to the news agency KNS, the Pandit lady devotee, deeply connected to the spiritual significance of the mela, passionately expressed her wishes for the revival of the bygone era of unity and tranquility in the Valley. She fervently prayed for the return of peace, where people from different backgrounds can coexist in harmony and mutual respect.

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As the mela unfolded, the local Muslim community extended their unwavering support and assistance, garnering heartfelt appreciation from the Kashmiri Pandits. Their commendable efforts in making all the necessary arrangements for the annual event have fostered an atmosphere of inclusivity and shared cultural heritage.

The collective gratitude expressed by the Kashmiri Pandit community towards their Muslim neighbours echoes the spirit of unity and brotherhood that lies at the core of Kashmir’s rich history. “This heartening gesture reinforces the idea that peaceful coexistence and cultural exchange can help heal the wounds of the past and pave the way for a brighter and more harmonious future,” said another Pandit devotee.

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He also said that the Mata Kheer Bhawani mela, a cherished tradition in the region, not only serves as a platform for religious devotion but also symbolizes the resilience and spirit of the people of Kashmir. “It serves as a reminder of the shared cultural roots that bind the diverse communities of the Valley together,” he said.

“As devotees gather in large numbers to seek blessings and offer prayers, the mela becomes a testament to the enduring faith and unwavering hope that transcends boundaries and unites people in their quest for peace and spiritual fulfillment,” he added.

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