Srinagar (J&K), August 23, 2021: This year the 59-day-long symbolic pilgrimage to Shri Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas culminated with performing of ‘Pujan’ & ‘Visarjan’ at the bank of River Lidder in Pahalgam.Selected number of Sadhus accompanied the Chhari Mubarak, the Holy Mace of Lord Shiva and participated in the Pujan.
Mahant Deependra Giri along with other priests performed ‘Samapan Pooja’ to mark the end of this year’s Shri Amarnath Yatra. Addressing a small gathering after the culmination ceremony, Mahant Deependra Giri said that though our country is called a land of diversity, people belonging to almost every faith can be found in India wherein many religions coexist but annual pilgrimage of Shri Amarnath ji is unique as people from all walks of life in Jammu and Kashmir belonging to different sections/religions contribute to make it successful.
He expressed his happiness over performing all the traditional rituals and ‘Pujan’ connected with annual pilgrimage at the Holy Cave Shrine of Amarnath on ‘Shravan-Purnima’ and other places on different occasions.
The Holy Mace was airlifted to Holy Shrine of Amarnath for the third consecutive year. The Chhari Mubarak reached the cave shrine on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.
Though Government of Union Territory decided to call off this year’s pilgrimage for the safety of pilgrims but all the rituals connected with Chhari-Mubarak of Shri Amarnath were performed with religious fervor and gaiety since 24th of July on the occasion of ‘Ashad-Purnima’ when Bhoomi Pujan was performed at Pahalgam that marks the commencement of annual pilgrimage religiously and traditionally.
Chhari-Mubarak was taken to historic Shankaracharya Temple in Srinagar on 8th of August on the occasion of ‘Haryali Amawasaya’ and Sharika Bhawani Temple on the hillock of Hari Parvat on 9th of August, respectively. Rituals connected with ‘Chhari Sthapana’ were performed on 11th of August and traditional ‘Pujan’ was performed on 13th of August on the occasion of ‘Nag-Panchami’ in Shri Amareshwar Temple located inside Dashnami Akhara Srinagar. All these rituals were performed following all the SOPs and COVID appropriate behaviour.