Kheer Bhawani Temple

Kheer Bhawani Temple

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  • Location: Tulmulla - Dangerpora Link Rd, Tulmulla, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 191201.
  • Timings: Summer - 05:30 am to 09:00 pm and Winter - 06:30 am to 08:00 pm
  • Nearest Railway Station : Srinagar Railway Station at a distance of nearly 36.2 kilometres from Kheer Bhavani Temple.
  • Nearest Airport : Sheikh Ul-Alam International Airport Srinagar at a distance of nearly 34.1 kilometres from Kheer Bhavani Temple.
  • Did you know: This temple is built on a sacred spring. It is believed that when the water of this spring turns black, it is considered an inauspicious sign for the people living there. Kheer offerings are made to the Goddess in the Kheer Bhavani temple.

Kheer Bhavani Temple is a Hindu temple located near Tulumool village in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. For the Hindus of Kashmir, also known as Kashmiri Hindus, this temple is the most important temple for them. Kashmiri Hindus worship Kheer Devi as Kuldevi. They believe that the goddess protects them. This temple is located about 24 km from Srinagar. This temple is famous as Kheer Bhavani and Ksheer Bhavani. The Goddess of the temple is worshiped by many names, such as Maharagya Devi, Ragnya Devi, Rajni Devi, Ragnya Bhagwati etc.

Kheer offerings are made to the Goddess in the Kheer Bhavani temple. Kheer is made from a mixture of rice and milk. Hence the name of this temple is associated with Kheer.

This temple is built on a sacred spring. It is believed that when the water of this spring turns black, it is considered an inauspicious sign for the people living there. It is said that when the floods occurred in Kashmir in 2014, the water of this spring became black.

There is also a mythological story associated with the temple, it is believed that Kheer Devi resided in Ravana's city of Lanka and was pleased with Ravana's devotion. But Kheer Devi got angry because Ravana kidnapped Sita Mata, so mother did not want to live in Lanka. Mata then instructed Sri Ram Bhakta Hanuman to install her idol in Tulmool village. In Kashmir, Mata is worshiped as Tripurasundari and Vaishnav while in Sri Lanka it is called Shyama of the Goddess. It is believed that after Ravana worshiped the goddess, he offered her Kheer, which her accepted and has since been called Kheer Bhavani.

Maharagini is the form of Durga Bhagwati. Brahmins of Kashmir worship this waterfall and every visiting pilgrims of the country have darshan of this place. Swami Ram Tirtha and Swami Vivekananda also visited here.

The temple was rebuilt in 1920. Some people are of the opinion that there was a mulberry tree near the holy place of Kheer Bhavani, which in local language is called Tulla root. But the root word Tul is also derived from the Sanskrit word Incredible root which means great value. During the Navratri festival, devotees visit the temple in large numbers to visit the Goddess.

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