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Kheer Bhawani Temple – Dedicated to Goddess Kheer Bhawani in Kashmir.




Kheer Bhawani is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Kheer Bhawani that is constructed over a sacred spring. The worship of Kheer Bhawani is universal among the Hindus of Kashmir. The temple is situated at a distance of 14 miles east of Srinagar. This is near the village of Tula Mula.
The term kheer refers to rice pudding that is offered in the spring. This pudding is offered to propitiate the Goddess, which became part of the name of the temple. This goddess is also known as Maharagya Devi, Ragnya Devi, Rajni, Ragnya Bhagwati, and so on.
It is a very important temple for the followers of Historical Vedic Religion in Kashmir, known as the Kashmiri Pandits. There are large, old-growth chinar trees. The colour of the spring water changes occasionally. When black or darkish, it’s believed to be an indication of inauspicious times for Kashmir.
The name of the spring is Mata Ragini Kund (pond). Maharagini is the form of Durga Bhagvati.

1. Night view of the temple
• The incessant offerings of milk and sugar candy in the spring by pilgrims have been accumulated as a thick layer at its base.
• When cleared, the ruins of an old temple and shrine slabs engraved with figures were discovered.

2. Sacred spring
Changing colors of the sacred spring
• A unique septagonal spring dedicated to Goddess Kheir Bhawani flows from west to the east.
• The holy spring is known to change its colour with various hues of red, pink, orange, green, blue, white, etc.
• This was noted by Abul Fazal and Swami Vivekananda.
• A black shade of the spring water is believed to be inauspicious.

3. Festival
• An annual festival is celebrated by the temple on the occasion of Shukla Paksha Ashtami.
• Devotees keep a fast and gather at the temple to pay their homage to the Goddess.
• Jesht Ashtami (May-June) is another occasion.
• This is when people come from and near to have a glimpse of the Goddess.
• The festival is concluded with ‘Maha Yagna’ to please Ragnya Devi.

During their visit to Kheer Bhawani Temple, tourists can also visit Pahalgam and Srinagar.

Attractions of Pahalgam

• Mamaleshwar Temple
• Sheshnag Lake
• Tulian Lake
• Baisaran Meadow
• Betaab Valley
• Kolahoi Glacier
• Lidder River Rafting
• Lidderwat Valley Trekking Trail
• Pahalgam Golf Course

Attractions in Srinagar

• Shalimar Bagh
• Nishat Bagh
• Dal Lake
• Shankaracharya Temple
• Mughal Gardens
• Shikara Ride
• Houseboats
• Chashme Shahi Garden
• Hazratbal Mosque popular
• Pari Mahal (Quntilon)
• Nagin Lake popular
• Dastgir Sahib Shrine
• Khanqah of Shah Hamdan popular
• Sri Pratap Singh Museum
• Jamia Masjid
• Wular Lake
• Sangin Darwaza
• Masjid of Akhund Mullah
• Hari Parbat Fort
• Pathar Masjid
• Rozabal Shrine
• Kathi Darwaza
• Tomb of Madin Sahib
• Rainawari
• Naseem Bagh
• Harwan Garden
• Burzahom
• Garden of Char Minar
• Chatti Padshahi Gurudwara
• Khanqah of Khwaja Moinuddin Naqsbandi
• Jyeshtheshvara Temple
• Imambara Hassanabad
• Makhdoom Sahib Shrine

Things to do in Srinagar

• Shikaras in Dal Lake
• Parihaspora, Dewar
• House boating
• Bird viewing

Best time to visit / climate

The best time to visit is between April and September.

Location on Google Maps


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How to get there?

One can easily reach Kheer Bhawani Temple by taking regular buses or by hiring taxis from Srinagar.
1. Srinagar by Air
• Srinagar domestic airport is connected with many airports of the major cities in India.
• Regular flights are operated between Srinagar and Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh and Shimla.
• International travelers get the connecting flights from Delhi International airport.
• This is at a distance of 876 km from Srinagar.

2. Srinagar by Train
• Jammu is the nearest railway station to Srinagar.
• This is at a distance of 290 km.
• Jammu railway station is well connected to all major cities in India by rail.
• Direct train services are available from Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Trivandrum.
• Taxi services are available from Jammu to Srinagar.
• The fare is about Rs 6000.

3. Srinagar by Bus
• Many tourist bus service providers arrange deluxe luxurious bus package tours from many neighboring cities to Srinagar.
– Srinagar is well connected by tourist bus services to:
• Chandigarh (630 km)
• Jammu (290 km)
• Delhi (876 km)
• Leh (434 km)
• Phalgan (96 km)
– Packaged tours charge about Rs 4 – Rs 5 per km.

4. By plane
• Sheikh ul Alam Airport is commonly known as Srinagar Airport.
• It is an international airport.
• Flights are operated by Jet Airways, Air Deccan, Spice Jet, Kingfisher Airlines, Go Air, Jet Lite and Indian Airlines from Delhi and Mumbai to Srinagar.
• The frequency is once or twice a day by each airline.
• The cost is approximately Rs 2,500 from Jammu, Rs 2,500-5,000 from Delhi one way and higher from Mumbai.

5. By taxi from Jammu to Srinagar
• Hiring a TATA Sumo SUV from Jammu costs approximately Rs 1,900-2,700 depending on time of year or even time of day.
• The journey takes around 8 hrs.

6. By bus from Jammu to Srinagar
• J&K State Road Transport Corporation (J&KSRTC) operates fairly comfortable buses from Jammu costing around Rs 350 and does the journey in around 12 hrs.
• 2 day buses run between Srinagar and Leh staying overnight in Kargil.
• There are also direct buses from Delhi taking almost 24 hrs to reach Srinagar.

Some travel books from Amazon about Kheer Bhawani temple

The Vale of Kashmir Travels in Kashmir: A Popular History of Its People, Places and Crafts Agony Of Dal Lake

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at jammu,com
Hotels at holidayiq.com
Hotels at nivalink.com

Blogs/Sites about Kheer Bhawani Temple

Blogs and reviews at gaffarakashmir.com
Blogs and reviews at culturalindia.net
Blogs and reviews at bharatonline.com

Images and photos of Kheer Bhawani Temple

Images at google.com
Images at matakheerbhawanitikkar.org
Images at holidayiq.com

Videos of Kheer Bhawani Temple

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