Kheer Bhawani Mela (12th June)
This year on the 12th of June, the celebrations of Kheer Bhawani Mela will take place. The origin of it is in the Kheer Bhawani Temple, in the beautiful Kashmir, in the northern state of Jammu & Kashmir in India.
The Kheer Bhawani Temple, located at around 18 miles north from the capital city of the state: Srinagar, is devoted to Goddess Rajnya Devi, prominently known as Kheer Bhawani. The name ‘Kheer Bhawani’ comes from the way that a large number of lovers offer milk as well as “Kheer”(pudding) to the holy spring located here, as they trust the legend that said the pudding swings black from white to caution of any impending disasters or a bad time.
The Kheer Bhawani Mela here is thus the annual festival celebrated wherein the devotees of the Goddess accumulate here on the eighth day of the full moon in the months of May or June, depending on which date the festival falls on as per the traditional Hindu calendar, while, as indicated by conviction, the Goddess changes the shade of the spring’s waters, which are attributed to various appearances of the Goddess. Transforming of the shading of the spring into shades of dark suggests something bad is approaching. The day this festival takes place, is a public holiday in Kashmir.
Devotees, regardless of being Hindu or Muslim, enthusiastically take part in the celebration of this annual festival as they pay their tribute to the goddess and enjoy the festivities as well. If legend is to be believed, then earlier there were around 360 springs, which used to encompass the main spring near the temple, however, over time, all of them seemed to have disappeared, courtesy the land that has become all muddy all around the main spring.
This year in 2017 however, the crowds seem to be thinning for the celebration of the Kheer Bhavani Mela, owing to the unrest in Kashmir due to terror attacks and protests.
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