Chhari-Mubarak of Shri Amarnath Ji taken to Pahalgam, rituals performed

Mahant Deependra Giri Ji Maharaj along with Sadhus performing Puja at Pahalgam on Saturday.
Mahant Deependra Giri Ji Maharaj along with Sadhus performing Puja at Pahalgam on Saturday.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 24: With Chanting of Vedic hymns, the ‘Bhoomi-Pujan’, ‘Navgrah-Pujan’, ‘Chhari-Pujan’ and ‘Dhawajarohan’ ceremonies were performed at Pahalgam today on the auspicious occasion of ‘Ashad-Purnima’ popularly known as ‘Guru-Purnima’ that mark the commencement of annual pilgrimage of Shri Amarnath Ji, traditionally.
These are important rituals prior to main course of annual pilgrimage of Shri Amarnath Ji. The sound of conch shell reverberated the whole atmosphere in the area. Keeping in view COVID-19 Pandemic only selected number of Sadhus accompanied holy Mace from Dashnami Akhara, Srinagar to Pahalgam where a hawan was also performed ina traditional way.
Earlier the holy Mace carried by its sole custodian Mahant Deependra Giri Ji left its abode Dashnami Akhara for Pahalgam in the early morning. Click here to watch video
Prayers were also offered at Historic Martand Temple, Mattan (Anantnag).
Mahant Deependra Giri Ji appealed to public in general to strictly follow the regulations laid by the administration of Union Territory of J&K in letter and spirit to defeat the invisible enemy, when asked by a journalist for his message to public keeping in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event was organized by ‘The True Trust’ founded by Mahant Deependra Giri Ji in year 2004. He said that the other rituals connected with the holy Amarnath yatra will be performed as per past practice before taking the holy Mace on its last journey to cave shrine.
The Mahant Ji and Sadhus were warmly received by Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag Dr Piyush Singla at Pujteng, Bijbehara. SSP Anantnag Imtoyaz Hussian, SDM, Bijbehara, tehsildars Pahalgam and Bijbehara and other officers were present on the occasion.