Admn denied permission to visit Bijbehara temple: Mahant
JAMMU, Aug 28: Annual pilgrimage of Chhari-Mubarak, Swami Amarnath Ji culminated today at Pahalgam with performance of its ‘Pujan’ & ‘Visarjan’, rituals at the bank of river Lidder. Large number of Sadhus and pilgrims who had come from various parts of the country joined the Pujan. Later, ‘Karri-Pakouri’ Bhandara was organized and ‘Dakshina’ was offered to them.
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Chhari-Mubarak was taken to holy shrine of Swami Amarnathji on August 26 on the occasion of ‘Sharavan-Purnima’ and Pujan was performed with chanting Vedic hymns. Camp Director, holy cave, Sachin Jamwal, Yatra Officer Chhari-Mubarak, S. S. Kotwal and officials from different arms of State administration also participated in the Pujan.
Mahant Deependra Giri said that collective prayers were offered for the peace and prosperity of Jammu and Kashmir State and Kashmir in particular when asked to comment on prevailing situation in the Kashmir Valley.
Mahant Ji expressed displeasure for not allowing to visit and perform Puja at Shiv Temple Bijbehara consecutively for the last two years by the State Government which is an annual feature during Chhari-Mubarak, Swami Amarnath Ji Yatra, when asked to comment on the arrangements made by the State Government. Mahant Ji wondered for the cause as State administration could not sanitize the area for mere half an hour and make arrangements for Pujan that was a scheduled program they had information about one and a half month before.
Addressing the gathering after the culminating ceremony, Mahant Deependra Giri Ji congratulated and complimented Indian Army, BSF, CRPF, J&K Police, Health Department, PHE, PDD, all the agencies connected with making arrangements for the Yatra and people of Jammu & Kashmir for successful Yatra. He appreciated the services rendered by all the voluntary organizations for providing langar, medical and other essential facilities to the pilgrims during the pilgrimage.
All the arrangements including transportation, accommodation and food for the Sadhus and people from general public who had accompanied Chhari-Mubarak during Swami Amarnath Ji Yatra were made by ‘The True Trust’ founded by Mahant Deependra Giri Ji in year 2004.