The celebration is all around, for the Mela the temple compound is decorated with lights, in the Tulmul area of Ganderbal. Kashmiri Hindus (Pandits) from around the world have gathered at the temple of Goddess Bhawani, built around the sacred pool fed by a spring.
People light up diyas, earthen lamps and the fragrance from incense sticks, and the families meet.
Take our pictorial tour.
Kuldeep Pandit, who is a migrant, came from Jammu along with his family, to attend the occasion of Mela Kheer Bhawani inside the temple compound at Tulmul Ganderbal. Every year the Goddess Bhawani is dressed on this occasion which is sacred for the Kashmiri Hindus (FPK Photo/Vikar Syed)
A woman sells books at the book stall of Swami Ritamananda, who use to teach in Srinagar Rama Krishan Mission, inside the compound of the temple. The mission promotes literature Kashmiri Shivism. (FPK Photo/Vikar Syed)
Singer Babuji sings religious songs along with his companions, during the Mela at Kheer Bhawani temple at Tulmul in Ganderbal. (FPK Photo/Vikar Syed)
Kids beating the heat at by jumping in the pool at Kheer Bhawani. ((FPK Photo/Vikar Syed)
A young boy prepares for the prayer at Mela Kheer Bhawani. Every year the Goddess Bhawani is dressed on this occasion which is sacred for the Kashmiri Hindus (FPK Photo/Vikar Syed)
A man prepares for the prayer at Mela Kheer Bhawani. Every year the Goddess Bhawani is dressed on this occasion which is sacred for the Kashmiri Hindus (FPK Photo/Vikar Syed)
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