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PM Modi wished folks, notably the Kashmiri Pandits, on Jyeshtha Ashtami

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday wished folks, notably the Kashmiri Pandit neighborhood, on the event of Jyeshtha Ashtami. In Jammu and Kashmir, Jyestha Ashtami is widely known by folks on the shrine of Kheer Bhawani in Tullamula in honour of their patron goddess Ragnya Devi. Kheer or rice pudding is ready on at the present time as an providing to the goddess. “On the auspicious occasion of Jyeshtha Ashtami, greetings and best wishes to everyone, particularly the Kashmiri Pandit community,” PM Modi tweeted. “We bow to Mata Kheer Bhawani and pray for everybody’s health and wellness,” he stated. 

For the previous couple of years, folks from Jammu visited the temple at Tulmulla in Ganderbal district to attend the annual Kheer Bhawani Mela however this time as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, devotees couldn’t journey to Kashmir. Instead they provided prayers on the temple in Janipur, which is a duplicate of the temple in Kashmir.

“Only 20-25 people have been allowed to offer prayers at a time at this temple of Mata Kheer Bhawani in Janipur…,” Virinder Raina, a Kashmiri Pandit was quoted by information company ANI as saying.

Rohit Koul, a sevak (employee) on the temple, stated, “We prayed that the pandemic ends soon and we are able to go back to normal life. At least 12,000 – 13,000 people used to offer prayers at this temple before the pandemic. Unfortunately, for the last one or two years, no one was allowed to celebrate the festival or even go to the temple in Kashmir. Due to the COVID-19 protocols, the langar (free meal service) has also been cancelled,” he stated.

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