Annual Kheer Bhawani: 1200 devotees visited Tikker, Kupwara amid tight security

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The SSP stated that the number of devotees is expected to increase in the coming days, ensuring a safe environment for yatris.


Kupwara, Jun 13:- Amid tight security arrangements for the annual Kheer Bhawani festival, Kupwara in North Kashmir welcomed around 1200 devotees until Thursday morning, with officials stating that more devotees are expected to visit, and all necessary arrangements for the smooth conduct of the festival have been put in place. Speaking with reporters at Tikker temple, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kupwara, Shobhit Saxena, said meticulous security measures have been implemented to ensure a smooth and secure experience for the yatris. The SSP was accompanied by DySP headquarters, Ameen Bhat, and other officials.

“We have received 37 buses so far. Kupwara is fortunate to have such a great number of devotees, and we are hopeful for an even larger surge in the years to come,” the SSP said. He stated that it sends a clear and loud message that Kupwara is safe for yatris and devotees.

“Our aim is to maintain and enhance this environment every year,” he added.

The Kupwara police chief reiterated that all necessary measures are in place, and the yatris are comfortable.

“There’s nothing to worry about. We welcome them and are here to facilitate them in every possible way to make the yatra successful,” SSP Saxena added.

The annual Kheer Bhawani Mela, celebrated on Zeisht Ashtami, will be held on June 14 at the shrines of Tulmulla in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, Tikker in Kupwara, Laktipora Aishmuqam in Anantnag, Mata Tripursundri Devsar in Kulgam, and Mata Kheer Bhawani Manzgam in Kulgam.

Earlier on Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Ayushi Sudan, visited the Kheer Bhawani Temple to inspect the arrangements put in place by the different departments for the celebration of the annual Mata Kheer Bhawani Mela.




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