At 6.57 am on Monday morning, saffron-rope-clad Sadhus took the annual Charri Mubarak from Srinagar to Pahalgam for the holy pilgrimage, but before commencing it, Mahant Dakshani Akhara Srinagar said annual Amarnath yatra is being started before its due date.
“As per the Hindu mythology, yatra has to be started from today on July 22,”Dipendre Giri, Shri Mahant, Dakshani Akhara Srinagar, said. “But in spite of informing the same, the authorities are in no mood to heed to it.”
On this day, Ashand purnima, as Hindu sages call it, Charri Mubarak is being taken from Srinagar to Pahalgam for the holy Journey. “This is the day, when actually yatra should begin, as it used to be in past,” Shri Mahant said before commencing the holy pilgrimage.
Pertinently, the Amarnath yatra began on June 29 this year and will end on August 21.
“To begin yatra early has its backlash,” Shri Mahant warned. “The Shivlingham has already melted and blame for this must be put on authorities who started yatra earlier.”
Meanwhile the yatra, which was suspended on July 19, resumed on Sunday afternoon amid tight security arrangements. A convoy of 49 vehicles, carrying a batch of 1,099 devotees, left the base camp Jammu to pay obeisance at the holy cave shrine in the Kashmir Valley.
Over 2.55 lakh yatris have participated in this year’s yatra to perform the darshan of the naturally-formed ice lingam of Lord Shiva at Amarnath cave.
“Authorities should ponder over timing of yatra, as it might take toll on environment,” Shri Mahant said.