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Kheer Bhawani Mela 2018 date – Kheer Bhawani Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir



Kheer Bhawani Mela, also known as Kheer Bhawani Yatra, is the annual festival held at the temple of Mata Kheer Bhawani in Tulla Mulla village in Jammu and Kashmir. Kheer Bhawani Mela 2018 date is June 20. It is observed on the Ashtami day during Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Jyeshta month (June – July). The shrine is also referred as the temple of Ragnya Bhagwati and is noted for a unique holy spring whose water changes its color.


Khir Bhawani Yatra celebrates the discovery of the holy spring by a pious Brahmin. For some, the festival celebrates the arrival of Mata Ragnya (Khir Bhawani) to the valley.

Legend has it that the idol of Goddess Bhawani was brought to Tula Mula Village by Lord Hanuman from Lanka after the epic battle in Ramayana. The idol of Goddess Bhavani was worshiped by Ravana and he had got the idol after intense austerities. Once Ravana was defeated by Lord Ram, Goddess asked Hanuman to shift her from Lanka.

The name Khir Bhawani comes from the deities favorite offering, rice pudding, which consist of rice cooked in milk and sugar.



There is a strong belief among Mata Khir Bhawani devotees that when the color of the water of holy spring turns black something unpleasant is going to happen.

Thousands of people visit the shrine during the Jyeshta Shukla Paksha Ashtami festival.

Mata Khir Bhawani shrine is located around 20 km east of Srinagar at Tulmulla in Ganderbal District.

Hymns dedicated to Goddess Ragnya Devi are chanted on the occasion. People offer Kheer ( a sweet made using rice, milk, saffron and sugar) to the Goddess.

The mela is famous for local savories, after puja and prayers people step out to feast on local puris, halwas and lotus stem pakodas. 

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