Jyeshtha Ashtami festival celebrated at Mata Kheer Bhawani temple in Kashmir, few pandits attend amid fear of attacks | Culture News

Jyeshtha Ashtami festival celebrated at Mata Kheer Bhawani temple in Kashmir, few pandits attend amid fear of attacks | Culture News

New Delhi: The auspicious festival of Zyeshtha Atham, also called Zyeshtha Ashtami is majorly celebrated by Kashmiri Pandits. The day also called Jyeshtha Ashtami occurs to be the eighth day of the brilliant half of Jyeshtha (May–June) month. In 19 lengthy years, the least quantity of devotees visited Mata Kheer Bhawani temple this yr.

Most of the Kashmir Pandits boycotted the festival. After two years, Mela Kheer Bhawani commenced with the lesser ever quantity of devotees in the final 19 years. The annual spiritual festival at Tulmula Ganderbal temple generally known as “Mela Mata Khir Bhawani” has seen an affect spate of Target killings of Kashmiri Pandits and Nonlocals in the current previous.

Back in 2019, the quantity was round 12 thousand devotees who paid obeisance nonetheless resulting from immense fear loaming following back-to-back killings of minorities in the previous 4 weeks, the annual Mela was extremely affected and the quantity at the temple was about 2-3 thousand together with vacationer.

Many Kashmiri Pandits have boycotted the Mela citing the lack of the Government for failure of offering a way of safety. At Vesu Anantnag and Sheikh Pora Budgam, KPs castigated Government by saying that vacant Government offered transport was returned again.

Sanjay ( PM bundle worker resident of Vessu migrant camp ) mentioned, “very much less Kashmir pandits had arrived. All Kashmir Pandits have perception in Mata and hope her blessings will at all times be on us, we search forgiveness from Mata that we couldn’t attend her temple this time, in any other case we now have by no means missed this festival in the final 12 years we was once there two days earlier than, however this time as a result of of administration all camp residents are usually not going kheer Bhawani it has many causes, one large purpose is the killings of Kashmir pandits so we’re protesting and never going to temple and the second factor is when am not secure in my camp how am secure in Kheer Bhawani, could Mata maintain his blessings on all.”

BJP chief Nana Ji ( a Kashmiri pandit) agreed that the presence of devotees is much less this time as a result of of fear however hoped the brotherhood between Hindus and Muslims will give a befitting reply to the fear parts and he appealed to Muslims to return out to roads and condemn such acts by terrorists.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti made accountable BJP led Center authorities for this ambiance she mentioned, “just lately Rahul Bhat and different belonging to minorities have been focused and killed, it’s apparent that the quantity of devotees in the temple will likely be much less, I hope that issues received’t stay identical, time will change once more and Pandits will once more rejoice the Mela with full enthusiasm in coming instances,” she mentioned.

Meanwhile, particular prayers have been supplied at the sacred shrine for communal concord and brotherhood amid fear and chaos. An indication of communal concord is at all times revisited at this temple throughout the historic festival which offers a possibility to native Muslims who wait eagerly to re-unite with the Pandit group who migrated from Kashmir in the early Nineties.

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