Ksheer Bhawani

The mysterious holyspring of Ksheer Bhawani this is widely known to change its colour from time totime. The spring dedicated to Goddess Ksheer Bhawani hasan irregular septagonalshape with its apex called Pad (feet) Charan to the East. The northern and thesouthern sides are longer than the western side which is called Shir (Head). Inthe centre of the holy spring where once stood a mulberry tree, there is one marbletemple which enshrines some idols found at the time of cleansing the spring.Besides removal of mud and mire which had accumulated since long at the bottomof the spring a number of gold ornaments and silver pieces offered to theGoddess were recovered. As a result of the silt clearance a huge volume of milkywhite water bubbled out. During recent times regular clearance is being madeafter each festival when huge quantities of flowers, lotuses, Vena offered bydevotees collects at the surface of the holy spring.

The water of the springchanges its colour from time to time. It takes on various hues like red, pink, orange,green, blue and has often light green, red rosy and millky white shades. AbulFazal in 16th century and Swami Vivekananda in the year 1894 have testifiedthis fact. Any shade of black colour is supposed to be inauspicious for the inhabitantsof the valley. This colour was prominent in the year 1947 when the Pakistaniraiders attacked the peaceful valley. Many times rising of bubbles has beenobserved which form the mystic Chakra on the surface of the water..

A Hindu or a Muslim willnot enter the premises of the holy spring if he happens to have taken meat onthe day. In 1947 when the Pakistani marauders attacked the valley the localMuslims led them astray to save the shrine from their unholy hands.

Various legends andstories are current among the people regarding the holy spring. One such legendis that when Ravana was killed at the hands of God Ram the Goddess Bhawaniordered Hanuman to carry her to Satisar-Kashmir along with 360 Nagas. Hanumanselected the site and installed the Goddess in the Northern part of the valley.She came to be known as Ksheer Bhawani or Ragyna Bhagwati as her favouriteofferings consist of rice cooked in milk and sugar, and all other vegetarianforms of diet.

The Ksheer Bhawani holyspring come to light among the people by one pious Brahmin named Krishna Panditof Habba Kadal in Srinagar had a vision wherein he was informed by a Deva tooffer Puja to Ksheer Bhawani in the swamps of Tullamulla. How shall I locate theGoddess and her holy abode was the query on behalf of the saintly Brahmin. Thereuponhe was asked to hire a boat at Shadipora wherefrom a snake would guide him tothe destination. Krishna Pandit did the same and was extremely happy when thesnake guided him through the swampy and marshy land, until he reached the hollowtrunk of a mulberry tree. The snake made a dip and disappeared from sight. Thesaint took the clue and after performing Puju poured milk which he had broughtfor this purpose. It is thus that the holy spring was discovered and was knownto Kashmiries. It is believed that the discovery of the holy spring has beenmade on Ashadha Saptami, the 7th day of the bright fortnight of the month ofJune-July.

Kashmiri Hindus comehere on every Ashtami - 8th day of the bright fortnight of each lunar month andmajority of Kashmiri Hindus consider Ksheer Bhawani as their guardianGoddess. Such is the brief history ofthe holy spring, the abode of Goddess Ksheer Bhawani which has been eulogized bya poet in the following words:

"I make obeisanceto that one Goddess, who having taken the position of the supreme God is theQueen in reality, whose form is made of light and is adorned by the lustre of12 suns who cannot be observed through senses, who is seated on a throne and iswrapped with serpents”

यादेवी सर्वभुतेषु विष्णुमायेति शब्दिता ।

नमस्तस्यैनमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः ॥