Kheer Bhawani spring turning red, KPs consider it bad omen

Kheer Bhawani spring turns red. - Excelsior/Shakeel
Kheer Bhawani spring turns red. - Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar May 19: The water of Mata Kheer Bhawani temple’s famed spring has turned crimson, which Kashmiri Pandits consider a bad omen and heralds hard times ahead.
According to Hindu tradition, the colour of the Hindu sacred spring’s water varies with time at the famous Kher Bhawani temple in Ganderbal district, and if it turns red or black, they consider it disturbing and a forecast of sorrowful event. The spring has turned crimson these days, which is bad and regarded as unlucky for the Kashmir valley.

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According to the devotees, the spring turned red before COVID attacked the world and caused massive death. “I have been visiting the temple for the past ten days, but this is the first time I have seen this colour. It occurred two years ago, after which the COVID spread, resulting in widespread fatalities. Now it has happened again, implying that we are in for more hard times. When a disaster is approaching, its colour changes,” she said.
Devotees have even linked the colour of spring to the fate of Kashmiri pandits, who are once again in danger of being displaced. “The Kashmiri pandits faced deaths and exile when the colour was black in the 1990s. There was a crimson colour before COVID-19 struck the globe, and this goddess had previously warned of approaching catastrophe. The water has turned crimson yet again today, and the goddess is warning us that bad times are coming,” Kuldeep, a local devotee, said.
He, however, said the goddess’s rage is waning as there is a slight improvement in colour as it has faded. “I believe the goddess’s rage is waning. The hue of the water was fully crimson two days ago, which is not a good omen,” he said.