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Charri Mubarak taken for ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ to Pahalgam

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Fresh batch of 6,400 pilgrims leaves Jammu for Amarnath Yatra

STATE TIMES NEWS

ANANTNAG/JAMMU: As per past practice, the “Charri Mubarak” (holy mace of Lord Shiva) was carried to Pahalgam on Wednesday for special traditional ‘Bhoomi-Pujan’, ‘Navgrah Pujan’ and ‘Dhawajarohan’ ceremonies.
The rituals were conducted in presence of Sadhus and devotees led by Mahant Deepindra Giri.
The group was warmly received and welcomed by Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Dr. Piyush Singla along with SSP Anantnag at Pahalgam Gaurishankar temple.
DDC Chairperson, Officers of paramilitary force, Army, SDM Pahalgam, Tehsildar Pahalgam and other officers were also present on the occasion.
As per age-old tradition, Bhoomi-Pujan, Navgrah Pujan and Dhwajarohan rituals connected with the annual Charri-Mubarak Swami Amarnathji Yatra were performed at Pahalgam.
Adequate arrangements were put in place for smooth conduct of ceremonies by the District Administration.
DDC chairperson while speaking on the occasion said that his best wishes are with the pilgrims and prayed for a successful and safe yatra.
The Charri Mubarak was also taken to the historical Martand Sun Temple Mattan and similar rituals were performed there.
Meanwhile, amid tight security, the 14th batch of 6,400 Amarnath Yatra pilgrims this morning left from the Jammu camp for twin base camps of the 3,880-metre-high holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, officials said.
The yatra, which was suspended from Jammu due to bad weather on Sunday, resumed on Monday. A flash flood triggered by a cloudburst near the cave shrine on Friday afternoon has led to the death of at least 16 people. Around 40 are still missing.
A total of 6,415 pilgrims left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas here in a convoy of 258 vehicles amid heavy security of CRPF, the officials said.
Of these, 4,545 were men, 1,744 women, 43 children, 79 sadhus and four sadhvis, they said.
The officials said 2,428 pilgrims heading for Baltal were the first to leave the Bhagwati Nagar camp in 88 vehicles around 3.30 am, followed by the second convoy of 170 vehicles carrying 3,987 pilgrims for Pahalgam at 4.30 am.
So far, over 1.30 lakh pilgrims have offered their prayers at the cave shrine, housing the naturally formed ice-shivlingam, the officials said.
A total of 83,073 pilgrims have left from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp for the Valley since June 29, the day the first batch of pilgrims was flagged off by Lt Governor Manoj Sinha. The yatra is scheduled to end on August 11, on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

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