Chhari-Mubarak leave for Chandanwari, on way to holy cave

PAHALGAM: Amid chanting of  Bam Bam Bholay and Har Har Mahadev and religious hymns, Chhari-Mubarak, holy Silver Mace of Lord Shiva left Pahalgam this afternoon for Chandanwari on way to Amarnath Cave shrine, where the final puja will be held on August 29, on Shravan-Purnima.
Chhari reached Pahalgam on  Dashmi last evening after pujan was organised at different temples on way from Amreshwar temple Deshnami Akhara, Srinagar, including Martand at Mattan in south Kashmir district of Anantnag, where large number of devotees and Muslims welcomed it.
Later, puja was held at Ganesh Temple a cross the Lidder river at Ganeshbal.
After night-halt here, Chhari-Mubarak, carryed by Mahant Deependra Giri, custodidan of the holy Mace, left this afternoon at 1400 hrs for Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station on traditional 45 km-long track on the occasion of Ekadeshi -Dwadashi.
The holy Mace will have night halt at Chandanwari and tomorrow on “Dwadashi and Tryodashi, Chhari shall leave for a night halt at Sheshnag.
On Chaturdashi on August 28, the Chhari Mubarak will leave Sheshnag for Panjtarni the last halting station before the cave shrine on the traditional route.
Mahant Giri said at 0700 hrs on “Sharavan-Purnima”, Chhari Mubarak will leave for the holy Cave shrine, where traditional rituals shall be peformed and prayers offered the entire day on August 29.
However before dusk, Chhari Mubarak shall leave the holy cave for a night halt at Panjtarni and on August 30, it will reach Pahalgam on “Pratipada” for a night halt.
At Pahalgam, “Pujan and Yisarjan” ceremonies shall be performed at 0915 hrs on the banks of river Lidder, he said, adding that thereafter traditional ‘Kari Pakuri’ Bhandara shall be organised for sadhus.
With this last ritual, annual pilgrimage will culminate and Chhari Muabarak will return to its abode Deshnami Akhara here on August 31. (AGENCIES)