New Delhi: The auspicious pageant of Zyeshtha Atham, also referred to as Zyeshtha Ashtami is majorly celebrated by Kashmiri Pandits. The day also referred to as Jyeshtha Ashtami occurs to be the eighth day of the intense half of Jyeshtha (Might–June) month. In 19 lengthy years, the least variety of devotees visited Mata Kheer Bhawani temple this yr.
A lot of the Kashmir Pandits boycotted the pageant. After two years, Mela Kheer Bhawani commenced with the lesser ever variety of devotees within the final 19 years. The annual spiritual pageant at Tulmula Ganderbal temple often called “Mela Mata Khir Bhawani” has seen an impression spate of Goal killings of Kashmiri Pandits and Nonlocals within the latest previous.
Again in 2019, the quantity was round 12 thousand devotees who paid obeisance nevertheless resulting from immense concern loaming following back-to-back killings of minorities up to now 4 weeks, the annual Mela was extremely affected and the quantity on the temple was about 2-3 thousand together with vacationer.
Many Kashmiri Pandits have boycotted the Mela citing the lack of the Authorities for failure of offering a way of safety. At Vesu Anantnag and Sheikh Pora Budgam, KPs castigated Authorities by saying that vacant Authorities supplied transport was returned again.
Sanjay ( PM bundle worker resident of Vessu migrant camp ) stated, “very much less Kashmir pandits had arrived. All Kashmir Pandits have perception in Mata and hope her blessings will all the time be on us, we search forgiveness from Mata that we couldn’t attend her temple this time, in any other case we’ve got by no means missed this pageant within the final 12 years we was once there two days earlier than, however this time due to administration all camp residents are usually not going kheer Bhawani it has many causes, one massive motive is the killings of Kashmir pandits so we’re protesting and never going to temple and the second factor is when am not protected in my camp how am protected 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 due to concern however hoped the brotherhood between Hindus and Muslims will give a befitting reply to the phobia parts and he appealed to Muslims to come back out to roads and condemn such acts by terrorists.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti made accountable BJP led Heart authorities for this ambiance she stated, “not too long ago Rahul Bhat and different belonging to minorities had been focused and killed, it’s apparent that the variety of devotees within 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 stated.
In the meantime, particular prayers had been provided on the sacred shrine for communal concord and brotherhood amid concern and chaos. An indication of communal concord is all the time revisited at this temple throughout the historic pageant which offers a possibility to native Muslims who wait eagerly to re-unite with the Pandit group who migrated from Kashmir within the early Nineties.