BHADERWAH/KISHTWAR, Aug 18: More than 1.34 lakh pilgrims including 58159 males, 49618 females, 27032 children and 112 sadhus paid obeisance at Machail Mata temple since commencement of the annual Chandi Mata Yatra from July 25.
However, thousands of devotees from different parts of the India including Jammu and Kashmir converged at Chandi Mata Temple Chinote Bhaderwah and participated in the annual Charri Yatra of Machail Mata.
The Holy Mace (Charri) of annual Machail Mata Yatra started from its base camp temple situated at Chinote towards Machail Padder area of District Kishtwar. Like every year, the main proceedings of Yatra started today and will culminate on August 24.
Near about 12000 pilgrims are undertaking the Charri Yatra. The pilgrims were chanting bhajans and religious sermons in a cavalcade of hundreds of vehicles including buses, mini-buses and light motor vehicles.
The devotees were send-off by MLC Bhaderwah Naresh Kumar Gupta, ADC Bhaderwah Pawan Kumar Parihar along with CEO BDA Rajinder Prasad Khajuria, Additional SP Rajinder Singh, SDPO Touseef Rishu, SHO Bhaderwah Inspector Munir Khan and locals from Chinote Temple. Police party led by SDPO Bhaderwah Tousif Ahmed Rishu was leading the Yatra conclave from Bhaderwah to Kishtwar.
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A devotee from Jammu Arti Sharma said that he is participating in this holy Yatra along with his family for the first time.
“I am very thankful to Chandi Mata for giving us such ability to participate in this holy Yatra”, Arti Sharma added.
“Devotees have complete faith in the holy deity (Chandi Mata) as their wishes get fulfilled as a result of which there is increase in number of followers from all over the India. Last year more than 3 lakh pilgrims had darshan of Machail Mata and we are hopeful this year the number will cross 4 lakh mark”, said Thakur Kulbir Singh Jamwal, Head Priest and Chief Organizer of the Yatra, adding that the temple organization had made arranged all the basic arrangements for the pilgrims.
Tight security arrangements have been made for the pilgrims and at all the places, where langars have been installed for the pilgrims. Different Mandir Committees of Chenab Valley and other committees from Jammu region have arranged langars, drinking water and other facilities for the pilgrims enroute Yatra.
Thousands of pilgrims boarded in hundreds of vehicles reached Gouri Shanker Mandir Sarkoot in District Kishtwar.
The pilgrims were traditionally welcomed by Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kishtwar Angrez Singh Rana, office bearers of Sarv Shakti Sevak Sanstha (Organizer of Yatra), representatives of various social, political and religious organizations at old DC Office Kishtwar. SSP Kishtwar Rajinder Kumar Gupta, Additional SP Kishtwar Parbeet Singh and ACR Inder Jeet Singh were also present on the occasion.
After night halt at Gouri Shanket Mandir Sarkoot, the Charri Yatra of Machail Mata will further proceed to Padder.
It is notable to mention here that annual Machail Yatra was started with Trishul Bhaint Yatra on July 18 as trident (Trishul) was brought from Doda. Today Trishul has been taken to Machail Padder (Kishtwar), in the form of ‘Holy Mace’ (Charri) after one month of pooja at Chandi Mata Temple Chinote Bhaderwah.