The Kheer Bhawani Temple in Srinagar is one of the important places of worship in Kashmir. The Kheer Bhawani Temple is associated with Ragnya Devi and located in Tulamula in Srinagar. An important Hindu shrine, it is visited by a number of Hindu pilgrims on Jesht Ashtami when the annual festival is held. Established by Maharaja Pratap Singh in the year 1912, Kheer Bhawani Temple is one of the historical monuments of Srinagar. The age old temple through all these years has suffered the vagaries of time. It was also renovated during the reign of Hari Singh.
History of Kheer Bhawani Temple:
Located amidst the beautiful Chinar trees and rippling rivers, lies the Kheer Bhawani Temple is the abode of Goddess Ragnya Devi. The idol is kept in a white marble temple. According to the Hindu mythology, Lord Rama worshipped Ragnya Devi during his exile and after the exile was over he shifted her abode to Shadipora from where it was shifted here according to the wish of Ragnya Devi. There is a beautiful spring located near the temple.
Location: It is located in the Ganderbal Tehsil of Srinagar which is 27km from the main city.
Nearest Airport: Srinagar Airport
Nearest Railhead: Jammu Railway Station
Festivals of Khir Bhawani Temple: An annual festival is held during the Jesth Ashtami and Hindu devotes visit the Kheer Bhawani Temple during this time. On the eighth day of the full moon in the month of May pilgrims assemble here and celebrate the occasion. It is also believed that the Goddess Ragnya Devi changes the color of the water of the spring during this time.