Chhari Mubarak rituals held ahead of Amarnath Yatra | India News – Times of India


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SRINAGAR: Ahead of the commencement of this year’s Amarnath Yatra on July 22, the ‘Chhari Mubarak’ rituals of Bhoomi Pujan (earth worship), Navgrah Pujan (paying obeisance to nine planets) and Dhwajarohan (flag hoisting) were performed at Pahalgam on the occasion of ‘Ashad Purnima’ on Sunday.
Emphasizing the significance of the ceremonies, Mahant Deependra Giri — the custodian of the holy mace of Lord Shiva — said the rituals mark the commencement of the Amarnath Yatra. He added that the pilgrimage will be a “low-key affair” this year in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and devotees and citizens of J&K must help the administration in ensuring a smooth journey by adhering to the essential safety protocols set in place for the pilgrimage.
“It would be a great challenge to manage social distancing among the pilgrims who come from all over the country and workers in the langars, even if the yatra is curtailed to a period of two-three weeks from July 22,” Mahant Giri told reporters at Pahalgam.
The Mahant added that Chhari Puja will be performed at Srinagar’s Dashnami Akhara on Nag Panchami on July 25, following which he will carry the holy mace to the Amarnath cave shrine for ‘darshan’ (viewing) on the auspicious the occasion of Shravan Purnima on August 3.

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