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Khir Bhawani Mela - Kheer Bhavani Mela in Jammu and Kashmir

Khir Bhawani Mela is the annual festival held at the shrine of Mata Khir Bhawani in Tullamulla village in Jammu and Kashmir. The shrine is also referred as Ragyna Bhagwati and is noted for a unique holy spring whose water changes its color. The Khir Bhawani Mela is observed on the Ashtami day in the Jaishta Shukla paksha (June – July). In 2018, Khir Bhawani Mela date is June 22.

Khir Bhawani Mela celebrates the discovery of the holy spring by a pious Brahmin. And for many the festival celebrates the arrival of Mata Ragyana (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 worshipped 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.

Mata Khir Bhawani is located around 20 km east of Srinagar.