Over 2.83 lakh pay obeisance, Chhari Mubarak reaches Pahalgam

Over 2.83 lakh pay obeisance, Chhari Mubarak reaches Pahalgam

Gireesh Balan

Srinagar, Aug 21: A small batch of yatris left Baltal base camp on Tuesday morning for the holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, where so far over 2.83 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance since the commencement of the 60-day-long pilgrimage from June 28.

However, there was no yatri from Pahalgam, where Chhari Mubarak, holy Mace of Lord Shiva had night halt after reaching from Dashnami Akhatar, Srinagar last evening. The Mace had brief halts and puja en-route to Pahalgam, including at Mattan temple, where large number of devotees besides Muslims and Sikhs welcomed it (Mace) which was carried by Mahant Deependra Giri.

The holy Mace will have a night halt at Pahalgam to leave for Chandanwari, the first halting station on traditional yatra route. The Mace will reach holy cave on August 26 on Rakshabandan when the annual pilgrimage will conclude.

On the 54th day of the yatra on Monday, 764 yatris had paid obeisance at the holy cave. Till date, he said 2,83,140 yatris had the darshan of the shivling. Over 50 pilgrims, who had night halt at nearby halting stations, have paid obeisance since early this morning.

A small batch of pilgrims left Baltal base camp for the holy cave as the weather remained pleasant. The yatris are scheduled to reach the shrine this afternoon after completing the 14-km-long hilly track on foot. Meanwhile, pilgrims who had 'darshan' on Monday, have started their return journey towards the base camp. UNI