Mela Kheer Bhawani begins in Jammu and Kashmir after two years
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The annual Mata Kheer Bhavani Mela began on June 8 at Tullamulla village in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir, with Kashmiri Pandits and tourists paying obeisance at the Kheer Bhavani temple.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Ragya Devi.
The temple is located 30 km from the city of Srinagar, it is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for Kashmiri Hindus.
The temple gets its name from kheer, or milk and rice pudding, which is offered by pilgrims inside the temple premises as prasad to the goddess.
The Kheerbhawani Mela is the largest gathering of Hindus in Kashmir after the annual Amarnath Yatra.
Legend has it that the water in the spring of the temple changes from white to red and black.
The colour of water is said to predict the imminent future.
If the water turns black, it is seen as inauspicious or an impending disaster.
Kashmiri Pandits say that the water turned black before they were forced to flee Kashmir during the 1990 insurgency.
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