Holy mace to leave for Shri Amarnath on Aug 5

Chhari Mubarak of Shri Amarnathji at its abode Dashnami Akhara, Srinagar on Tuesday.
Chhari Mubarak of Shri Amarnathji at its abode Dashnami Akhara, Srinagar on Tuesday.

9500 more yatris perform darshan
Avtar Bhat
JAMMU, July 9: As the holy Amarnathji yatra is underway since July 1, the traditional rituals of Bhoomi Pujan, Navgrah Pujan and Dhawajarohan connected with the annual Chhari Mubarak (holy mace) of Shri Amarnathji will be performed at Pahalgam on auspicious day of Ashad Purnima also known as Vyas Purnima falling on July 16 this year.
This was stated by Mahant Deepndera Giri Ji, the Mahant of Chhari-Mubarak of Shri Amarnathji Yatra, today.
Giving further details, he said Chhari-Mubarak will be taken to historic Shankracharya Temple, Srinagar on August 1 and Sharika Bhawani Temple also in Srinagar on August 2 before rituals are performed for Chhari-Sthapana at Shri Amareshwar Temple, Dashnami Akhara, Srinagar the abode of holy mace on August 3.
After performing Chhari-Pujan at Dashnami Akhara Srinagar on the occasion of ‘Nag-Panchami’ falling on August 5, Mahant Ji will carry the holy mace to the Shrine of Shri Amarnathji to have ‘darshan’ on ‘Shravan-Purnima’, falling on August 15. Before reaching the cave shrine the holy mace will have night halts at Pahalgam on August, 10 and 11,Chandanwari on August 12, Sheshnag on August 13 and Panchtarani on August 14 respectively.
In a communication sent to the State Government, Mahant Deependra Giri Ji has urged it to make all the arrangements and take the appropriate preventive measures for the safety and security of the Sadhus & pilgrims accompanying the holy mace.
Mahant Ji has also advised Sadhus and members of civil society to get themselves registered who intend to join Chhari-Mubarak yatra and stated that only registered pilgrims with valid yatra permit will be allowed to accompany Chhari-Mubarak during the pilgrimage.
Mahadev Giri Dashnami Akhara Trust, Srinagar has made all the arrangements like yester years for Sadhus coming from across the country for annual pilgrimage of Swamiji Amarnath Ji for their food and comfortable stay at Akhara Building, Budshah Chowk, Srinagar, Mahant said.
The 46 day -long holy Amarnathji yatra which started from twin tracks of Baltal and Chandanwari on July 1 will culminate on August 15 the day coinciding with Hindu festivals of Shravan Purnima and Raksha Bandhan.
Meanwhile, the yatra which remained suspended from here yesterday due to separatists bandh call in Valley resumed this morning and a fresh batch of 5,964 pilgrims left for holy cave early this morning from Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas here in 254 vehicles under tight security arrangements.
This was the highest batch of pilgrims which left for holy cave from here since the first batch of yatra was flagged off on June 30.
The yatra remained suspended for three hours at Digdol and Ramsoo after the blockade of Highway due to shooting stones.
However, later the Highway was cleared and convoy restored. Reports reaching here said that all pilgrims had managed to reach the twin base camps by this evening where from they will leave for next sojourn early tomorrow morning.
Reports said that a Tavera bearing Registration Number JK0IP-9912 was hit by shooting stones at Army Camp Digdol in which one yatri namely Mahadeb Malakar , 47, son of Fatikch Malakar of Netaji Palli, Barasat, 24, Pargana, (N) West Bengal received serious head injury.
He was given first aid at DH Ramban and later shifted to GMC Jammu for further treatment.
There is heavy rush of pilgrims in Jammu as 3,395 yatris from different parts of country crossed the Gateway of Lakhanpur towards Jammu during last 24 hours in 157 vehicles. Besides, over 4000 pilgrims have reached here via trains, officials said.
The increasing rush has forced some pilgrims to take refuge on footpaths especially near Railway Station and Trikuta Nagar. Some pilgrims were staying in the buses and Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) due to lack of accommodation.
Meanwhile, on the ninth day of darshan, 9541 pilgrims paid obeisance to naturally formed Ice Lingam in holy cave of Shri Amarnathji situated at the height of 3880 metres in deep Himalayas in South Kashmir district of Anantnag today, officials said. Till date 1,21,196 pilgrims have performed darshan of the holy cave, officials, added.
Officials said that two critically ill yatris were also evacuated by choppers from Panjtarni today. One yatri, Radha Devi was brought to the Baltal Base Hospital and another Ramesh Kakde was shifted to the SKIMS, Srinagar for specialized treatment.
Shrine Board officials said that in all nine critically sick yatris have been air evacuated by the Board for immediate specialized treatment.
Officials said that the yatra is proceeding smoothly from both the tracks and weather in the holy cave area remained cloudy but dry during the day. It rained at Pahalgam for some time in the day but the weather was dry in holy cave area.
Officials said the majority of yatris who performed darshan during over last one week in the holy cave have returned towards their home States.