Srinagar: A touching illustration of religious harmony was at its display at Tulmulla in Ganderbal as Muslims residing in the region extended a helping hand to the people of migrant Pandit community by assisting them in performing Puja.

Kashmiryat, composite pluralistic culture of Kashmir, got personified to a significant extent as Muslims helped the Pandits to perform the Puja during the annual fair of Kheer Bhawani in a smooth, organized and hassle free manner.

Around 35,000 Pandits arrived at Ganderbail from Jammu and several other parts of the country in order to take part in the religious celebrations of ‘Jestha Ashtami’ at temple. Hundreds of people from Muslim community gathered outside the Temple to welcome the Pandits, bracing the age-old bonding between the two communities.
Muslims also set up stalls and sold Puja materials. These included almost everything, from earthen lamps to flowers and milk to make things easier for the Hindu devotees.

Vinod Pandit, chairman of All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee, said, “This is the real confidence building measure (CBM) between the two communities. People are meeting each other and the composite culture is on its full display.”

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, also visited the Temple. Though Omar faced protests from some migrants who raised the issue of power outages in the migrant colonies of Jammu, he seemed to be unfazed.  

“Had an excellent visit to Kheer Bhavani this morning, a small rowdy fringe element notwithstanding. Met and interacted with a large number of pilgrims visiting Kheer Bhavani. Was fortunate to make an offering as well,” wrote Omar on micro-blogging website Twitter.


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