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Leaders facilitate people on occasion of Kheer Bhawani Festival in Jammu and Kashmir
Famous Kheer Bhawani Festival of Kashmiri Pandits and other followers is being held in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) today. The temple complex is located about 30 kilometers east of Srinagar near the village of Tula Mula. The state government has made tight security arrangements for the pilgrims on the occasion of the annual fair popular among Kashmiri pandits.

A PIB release stated that Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State for Personnel, while greeting the devotees on Kheer Bhawani Festival, urged people to rededicate themselves to spreading the message of peace, love and brotherhood. 

He added that when over 50,000 displaced Kashmiri Hindus are likely to visit the holy shrine on this occasion. He assured that the entire nation reaffirmed its commitment for Kashmiri Pandits' dignified return to the valley of Kashmir which was incomplete in their absence.

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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