KHIR BHAWANI TEMPLE
Tullamula In Srinagar District, Kashmir
Jesht Ashtami, Shukla Paksh Ashtami
1912 By Maharaja Pratap Singh
Situated at Tullamula in the
, 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.
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
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
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.