The traditional age-old rituals associated with the annual pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas will commence on Saturday on the occasion of 'Ashad-Purnima' (Vyas-Purnima) with 'Bhoomi-Pujan', 'Navgrah Pujan' and 'Dhawajarohan'.
According to Mahant Deependra Giri, Mahant Chhari-Mubarak Swami Amarnath as per age-old tradition, rituals namely 'Bhoomi-Pujan', 'Navgrah Pujan' and 'Dhawajarohan' connected with commencement of annual Chhari-Mubarak yatra will be performed at Pahalgam, 100 km from here, in south Kashmir district of Anantnag.
Chhari Mubarak, the holy silver Mace of Lord Shiva, will leave Dashnami Akha in Budshah Chowk area of the city on Sunday at 0515 hrs for Pahalgam.
Bhoomi-Pujan and Dhawajarohan ceremonies would be performed at Pahalgam by devotees, led by Mahant Giri, custodian of Chhari Mubarak.
After performing the rituals, Chhari Mubarak will return to Dashani Akara in the evening.