Final phase of Amarnath yatra begins

The holy mace of Lord Shiva was today carried to Shankaracharya temple atop a hill overlooking world famous Dal lake here, marking the final phase of the ongoing annual Amarnath yatra in South Kashmir Himalayas.

Last Updated: Aug 10, 2010, 18:04 PM IST

Srinagar: The holy mace of Lord Shiva
popularly known as `Chari mubarak` was today carried to
Shankaracharya temple atop a hill overlooking world famous Dal
lake here, marking the final phase of the ongoing annual
Amarnath yatra in South Kashmir Himalayas.

The mace was taken to the temple from its abode, Dashnami
Akhara, for worship on `Haryali-Amavasya` as per the old age
customs by a group of sadhus led by custodian of the mace,
Mahant Deependra Giri.

As the mace reached the temple, the sound of conch shell
and the vedic hymns reverberated and a large number of sadhus
and yatris performed `puja` for more than an hour.

Collective prayers were offered for peace and prosperity
of the state, a spokesman of the Dashnami Akhara said.

`Chhari Mubarak` would be taken to `Sharika-Bhawani`
temple, Hari Parvat in downtown Srinagar tomorrow to pay
obeisance to the goddess before its departure to the 3,880
metre high holy cave on August 14.

Before its departure for the Amarnath cave, special
prayers would be offered at Dashnami Akhara here on
`Nag-Panchami`.

Mahant Giri will carry the holy mace to the cave shrine
on `Shravan Purnima` on August 24, the concluding day of the
two month-long Amarnath pilgrimage.

PTI