Ashok. Where have you been all these days?
Mohan. I have been sight-seeing.
what (places) did you see?
three or four places. I saw Hazratbal, Dal Lake, Gulmarg, and Pahalgam.
I am (now) thinking of visiting Tulmul.
you (must) do that.
that's what I came to talk to you about. Tell me, how far is Tulmul
is about fifteen miles away, but it is not difficult to get there. From
Amira Kadal both buses and tongas (horse carriages) go there. Many people
go there in a large houseboat, but that takes a lot of time.
one return the same day, or does one stay there overnight?
many people go there in the morning and return in the evening. But they
also have provisions there for staying overnight.
me, what is Tulmul
will tell you. Tulmul is a famous shrine of the Hindus. There is an idol
of the goddess bhava:ni: there, in the middle
of a spring.
people worship this idol?
the Hindus worship this idol. The pilgrims pour milk into the spring, drop
sugar candies ()
into it, and light a .
only Kashmiri Pandits go to Tulmul?
no, Hindus and Sikhs come there from every part of India. Some Muslims
also go to Tulmul.
the pilgrims take a bath before entering (the shrine)?
near the gate everybody has to take a bath. After taking a bath, pilgrims
change their clothes and enter.
is there any arrangement for food there?
there are many (sweetmeat
sellers) shops. They sell , ,
rice pudding, and cooked rice and vegetables. They also sell (various)
ingredients for the worship (puja).
the way to Tulmul,
is there any other place worth seeing?
there are two or three very nice places.
big mosque is very near here. After that, there are two places, Vicharnag
is there at Vicharnag and Gandarbal?
is a place of pilgrimage for the Hindus, and there is a spring there. People
eat their food at Gandarbal on the banks of the River Sindh. It is a beautiful
place and you must stop there by the bridge.
right, I shall meet you after returning from Tulmul.