Photos: Mehbooba Mufti, other devotees at the famous 'Kheer Bhawani' festival

Updated: Jun 16, 2016, 12:02 IST
  • Photos: Mehbooba Mufti, other devotees at the famous 'Kheer Bhawani' festival
    A Hindu priest applies a religious mark on the forehead of an Indian Kashmiri Hindu (Pandit) devotee during the annual Hindu festival. Thousands of Kashmiri Hindus, many of whom were displaced more than two decades ago, attended the festival in order to worship the Hindu goddess Mata Khirbhawani on the day of her birth. Pic/AFP
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    Chief Minister of the Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti(C) speaks with Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus). A sizeable number of migrated Kashmiri Pandits come to the famous Kheer Bhawani temple to attend the annual fair.Pic/AFP
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    A Kashmiri Hindu woman prays during the annual Hindu festival. Some 200,000 Kashmiri Pandits fled the region in the early nineties at the start of an insurgency against Indian rule, mainly to the Hindu-dominated southern city of Jammu and they return yearly for the festival. Pic/AFP
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  • Photos: Mehbooba Mufti, other devotees at the famous 'Kheer Bhawani' festival
    A Kashmiri Hindu devotee holds a tray of candles as they pray. The fair has become a symbol of communal harmony as local Muslims make all the arrangements for the devotees by setting up stalls for flowers, prasad, sweets, and other holy gifts. Pic/AFP
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    Indian Kashmiri Hindu (Pandit) devotees offer alms. The district administration has made elaborate arrangements for the annual Mela. Pic/AFP
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    Indian Kashmiri Hindu (Pandit) devotee dances during the annual Hindu festival at the Kheer Bhawani temple in the village of Tullamulla, some 30kms east of Srinagar. Pic/AFP
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    A Indian Kashmiri Hindu (Pandit) devotee throws flowers. pic/AFP
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    An Indian Kashmiri Hindu (Pandit) devotee pours milk onto statues of Hindu gods. Pic/AFP
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    Indian Kashmiri Hindu (Pandits) devotees pray near statues of Hindu gods. Pic/AFP
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    A Kashmiri Muslim looks on during the annual Hindu festival. Some 200,000 Kashmiri Pandits fled the region in the early nineties at the start of an insurgency against Indian rule, mainly to the Hindu-dominated southern city of Jammu and they return yearly for the festival. Pic/AFP
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    Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti offers prayers at the Kheer Bhawani temple on the occassion of annual Mela in Ganderbal District in Srinagar. Pic/PTI
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    Kashmiri Pundits offering prayers at the Kheer Bhawani temple. Pic/PTI
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Thousands of devotees gathered at the 'Kheer Bhawani' fair which is one of the most important festivals of Kashmiri Pandits at the temple in Tulmulla area of central Kashmir district Ganderbal. Take a look at the pictures

 

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