Final phase of Amarnath Yatra 2013 begins

Charri-Puja-11KL Report

SRINAGAR

The saffron-robed mace of Lord Shiva popularly known as “Chhari Mubarak” today left for the Amarnath cave in south Kashmir Himalayas, marking the final phase of the 55-day yatra.

“Chhari ” was taken from its Dashnami Akhara abode at Budshah Chowk in Srinagar to Pahalgam by a group of Sadhus and pilgrims led by its custodian Mahant Deependra Giri, officials said.

The “chhari” was offered Pooja at various temples en route to Pahalgam, which serves as the traditional base camp for the annual pilgrimage.

The mace will cover 46-km Pahalgam-cave route amid night halts at Chandanwari, Sheshnag and Pachtarni before reaching the cave on August 21, coinciding with Raksha Bhandan – marking the end of the annual pilgrimage.

The Amarnath yatra commenced on June 28 from the twin tracks, traditional 45-km Pahalgam route in Islamabad district and 16-km Baltal route in Ganderbal district. So far a total of 3,52,386 pilgrims had paid obeisance at the cave.

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