Jammu & Kashmir, July 01(ANI): The socio-cultural ethos of Kashmir is steeped in a tradition of religious tolerance and this is reflected at the annual festival at Kheer Bhawani Temple in Tulmula located 24 kilometers north of Srinagar. The temple was built in 1912 by Kashmir's erstwhile ruler Maharaja Pratap Singh and it was later renovated by his successor Maharaja Hari Singh. Scores of devotees jostle to buy the choicest of offerings made by Muslims for the Hindu goddess Rajnya Devi, popularly known as Kheer Bhawani. A milk and rice pudding called Kheer is offered to the goddess, and hence the name. The festival is a symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity in the region and Muslims from the area also participate in it with equal enthusiasm.
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