KHIR BHAWANI TEMPLE

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Location : Tullamula In Srinagar District, Kashmir
Major Attraction: Jesht Ashtami, Shukla Paksh Ashtami
Presiding Deity: Ragnya Devi
Built in: 1912 By Maharaja Pratap Singh

Situated at Tullamula in the Srinagar district , it is an important Hindu Shrine. The temple is associated with the Hindu Goddess, Ragnya Devi. An Annual festival is held here on Jesht Ashtami (May-June) when Hindus visit the place in large numbers to offer prayers to seek the blessings of the deity. Devotees also throng on every Shukla Paksh Ashtami round the year & perform Hawans to please the Mother. The Historic Temple of Kheer Bhiwani was built by Maharaja Pratap Singh in 1912 & later renovated by Maharaja Hari Singh.

Khir Bhawani Temple in Srinagar - Jammu and KashmirThe Legend
Surrounded by steams, the place abounds in Chinar tree in-and-around the compound Complex within which is a hexagonal spring wherein deity of Goddess Ragyna is decorated in a small white Marble Temple. The legend goes that Lord Rama worshipped Mother Ragyna during his exile & desired Hanumanji (the Monkey God) to shift the seat of Mother after the expiry of exile period, who bought it to Shadipora and was latter shifted to present to present site as per the wish of divine Mother Ragnya conveyed in dream to one Pandit Rughunath Gadroo, it is believed.

HOW TO REACH THERE

Air: Khir Bhavani lies in the Ganderbal Tehsil of Srinagar District and the nearest Airport is approximately 25-km away in Badgam District. This airport is connected with all the major cities of India.

Rail: The nearest Rail Head is at Jammu, which is 300-km away, and from there National Highway NH1A connects the Kashmir valley with India. Every sort of transport to suit every budget from Buses to Taxis ply on this Highway.

Road: It takes around 10 to 12 hours to cross this mountainous road, which crosses some beautiful spots and the famous Jawahar Tunnel linking Kashmir Valley with India. Regular bus services with normal fares are available from various points in the city. Taxi and other modes of conveyance can be chartered also from here.



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