‘Successive governments have failed to rehabilitate KPs in Valley’
STATE TIMES NEWS
TULMULLA/ Jammu: Scores of Kashmiri Pandit migrants, who assembled here for the annual Kheerbhawani fair, said today that successive governments at the Centre as well as in the State had failed to rehabilitate them in the Valley and only used their cause for political gains.
A group of Kashmiri Pandits appealed to Muslim brethren to lead the way for their return to the Valley.
“For the last 28 years, the governments in the State as well as at the Centre have only assured us of our return and rehabilitation, but have done nothing. They have failed to do so,” Satish Mahaldar, a Kashmiri Pandit, said here.
Mahaldar said the community had only been used as a political slogan.
“We have nothing to do with politics. But, till today, Kashmiri Pandits have been used only as a political slogan. Someone pulls us in one direction and the other in different direction for their benefits,” he said. He asserted that while Kashmiri Pandits were destroyed after leaving the Valley, the Muslim population also suffered. If Kashmiri Pandits have been destroyed, Kashmiri Muslims have seen worse. Our Kashmiriyat has been destroyed and there have been attacks on it regularly, he said.
Hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits prayed at the famous temple of Ragnya Devi here in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal District as the annual Kheer Bhawani Mela was celebrated today amidst chanting of religious hymns and sound of temple bells. The fair — a symbol of Hindu-Muslim amity — passed off peacefully as the government had made elaborate security arrangements for the devotees who throng the Temple from many states of the country.
Meanwhile, hundreds of devotees also thronged the Mata Kheer Bhawani Temple, Bhawani Nagar Jammu.
Mata Kheer Bhawani Temple Jammu, dedicated to the Goddess Mata Kheer Bhawani (originally Bhawani Mata), has been constructed over a Sacred Spring as the replica of Mata Kheer Bhawani, Tulmulla, Ganderbal. Within the spring is a marble temple. The Temple-Spring complex is affectionately known as Kheer Bhawani as thousands of devotees offer milk and ‘Kheer’ to the Sacred Spring. Kheer Bhawani is considered to be the Presiding Deity of most of the Kashmiri Brahmans.
Chanting devotional songs, thousands of Kashmiri Pandits today thronged Kheer Bhawani Temple, a holy place where congregations are surging with each passing year.
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