Kashmiri Pandits Arrive In Valley To have fun Annual Kheer Bhawani competition

Kashmiri Pandits Arrive In Valley To Celebrate Annual Kheer Bhawani Festival

Shobavati migrated from Anantnag to Jammu 26 years ago when militancy erupted within the Valley.
SRINAGAR: lots of Pandits are arriving in Kashmir to have fun the yearly Mata Kheer Bhawani pageant that symbolises Valley’s non secular concord. The competition is an occasion to revive the robust bondsamong groups inside the Valley and to pray for the go back of Kashmiri Pandits.

For 87-yearold Shobavati it is a homecoming. 26 years ago she migrated from Anantnag to Jammu whenmilitancy erupted in the Valley. Now she is returned together with her own family on the Kheer Bhawani Mela at Ganderbal, 27 km from Srinagar.

singing religious hymns along with her family on the Kheer Bhawani temple, Ms Shobavati is praying for peace inside the Valley and a safe return of Kashmiri Pandits.

This year the celebrations are coming within the backdrop of rising anxiety over a proposal to rehabilitate displaced Pandits in separate colonies inside the Valley.

Kheer Bhawani Mela is a non secular competition wherein Hindus preserve prayers and local Muslims make preparations.
i’m praying to God for the safety of each person. We must return to our homes and stay inside theidentical way we used to do within the past, we used to live together and help each other, the futuremust hold the equal for us,” she said.

it’s miles a non secular festival where Hindus maintain prayers and local Muslims make preparations.

For the closing 12 months Mohammad Ashraf and his wife had been preparing to welcome the Pandits.they’ve set up a stall for selling puja materials.

“We anticipate this day – the day of Ashthami. Pandits come here. We also do top incomes. last year theenterprise changed into down but this 12 months it’s miles slowly picking up. Pandits are coming and the whole lot is o.k. right here,” said Mr Ashraf.