On Wednesday, a group of 843 pilgrims set out from the Bhagwati Nagar Aadhar Shivir in Jammu to undertake the annual Amarnath Yatra to the holy cave of Amarnath in the Ghati area. The 39th batch of pilgrims consists of 614 men, 146 women, 67 sadhus (holy men), and seven children. The convoy comprising 27 vehicles departed from the Pahalgam and Baltal base camps between 3:00 AM and 3:40 AM.
After seeking blessings at the historic temples of Srinagar, the pilgrims embarked on their journey towards the revered Amarnath Cave. According to the schedule, on August 16, the Chhari Mubarak (holy mace) of Lord Shiva will be taken from the Dashnami Akhada in Srinagar to the Shankaracharya Temple. On August 17, the Chhari Mubarak will be taken to the Sharika Bhavani Temple, followed by its return to the Dashnami Akhada in Srinagar.
The installation of the Chhari Mubarak and the flag hoisting ceremony will take place at the Dashnami Akhada in Srinagar on August 19. Traditional worship of the Chhari Mubarak will be performed at the Dashnami Akhada in Srinagar on the evening of August 21, on the occasion of Nagapanchami.
On August 26, accompanied by the chants of “Bam Bam Bhole,” the Chhari Mubarak will commence its journey to the holy Amarnath Cave. A puja will also be performed at the Shri Sureshwar Mandir in Srinagar. On August 27, a puja will be conducted in Pahalgam, followed by an overnight stay. On August 28, the Chhari Mubarak will reach Chandanwari.
From Chandanwari, the Chhari Mubarak will proceed to Sheshnag on August 29. On August 30, it will make its way from Sheshnag to Panchtarni. Finally, on the day of Shravan Purnima, pilgrims will have the auspicious darshan of the Chhari Mubarak at the holy Amarnath Cave. The Chhari Mubarak will return to Pahalgam on September 1 and the immersion ceremony will take place in the Lidder River on September 2.
So far, more than 425,000 devotees have undertaken the holy Amarnath Yatra this year.
The annual yatra commenced on July 1 and will continue until August 31. This year, over 425,000 pilgrims have already undertaken the sacred journey to seek blessings at the Baba Barfani shrine.