N N Vohra, Governor J&K, felicitating the people observed that the festival of Zestha Ashtami was a shining example of communal harmony and pluralistic ethos of the State. It may be noted that in Kashmir Valley, it is the most important temple for the followers of ancient Vedic Religion in Kashmir patronized by Kashmiri Pundits.
J&K Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, while greetings Kashmiri Pandits on the occasion of Zestha Ashtami wished for peace and well-being of the people. He added that the celebration of the festival would strengthen brotherhood between various sections of the society in J&K.
This year, Kashmiri Pandits living within and outside the state are flocking to pay obeisance at the temple dedicated to the goddess Ragnya Devi, popularly known as Kheer
Bhawani. The devotees offer milk and rice pudding to the sacred spring within the temple complex which has been renovated and reconstructed.
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