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KPs celebrate annual Mela Kheer Bhawani
6/14/2024 9:41:39 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, June 14: "Faith is more powerful than fear," said a pilgrim, who was among the hundreds visiting temples across Jammu and Kashmir to celebrate the Mela Kheer Bhawani, amid heightened security following four terrorist attacks in the Union Territory. The fair - an annual event at the Kheer Bhawani temple, dedicated to Rangya Devi, in Ganderbal district's Tulmulla - is also celebrated in other shrines and temples in
Jammu and Kashmir to mark 'Zyeth Atham', or 'Jyeshtha Ashtami'.
"Everything is in the hands of God. There is some fear but people have come here in large numbers. Faith is more powerful than fear," Sunny, a Kashmiri Pandit from Delhi, said as he and several others from the community congregated at Rangya Devi in the central Kashmir district for the Mela.
Terrorists struck at four places in Reasi, Kathua and Doda districts in the Jammu province between Sunday and Wednesday, killing nine people, including seven pilgrims and a CRPF jawan. Seven security personnel, 41 pilgrims and a villager were also injured in the attacks.
The pilgrims were attacked while they were travelling in a bus to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu's Katra on June 9.
Strict security measures were implemented to ensure the safety of the devotees. A multi-layered security ring was established around the temple complex and along the routes. Several Kashmiri Pandits also thronged a temple in Jammu city to mark the start of the three-day annual mela, seeking blessings and paying tributes to the victims of terror attacks.
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