Srinagar: Chhari-Mubarak – the saffron-robed holy mace of Lord Shiva – was taken to the ancient Sharika-Bhawani temple here on Friday for special prayers as part of the ongoing annual Amarnath Yatra.
“As part of the Swami Amarnath Ji Yatra-2022 year, Chhari-Mubarak Swami Amarnath Ji was taken to the ancient Sharika-Bhawani Temple, Hari Parbat to pay homage to the Goddess on the occasion of Shravan Shukla Paksha Pratipada according to centuries-old traditions, the guardian of the mace,” said Mahant Deependra Giri.
A significant number of Sadhus and devotees participated in the prayers which lasted about 90 minutes, he said.
Goddess Sharika-Bhawani, popularly known as ‘Tripursundari’ among mystics, is said to be Isht Devi (presiding deity) of the city of Srinagar who manifested in a figure of Shila (Holy Rock) in Hari-Parbat.
Giri said Chhari-Sthapana ceremony will be performed on Sunday at Shri Amareshwar Akhara Building Budshah Chowk Temple here, while traditional Chhari-Pujan will be performed on the occasion of Nag-Panchami on August 02.
The Chhari-Mubarak will depart on August 07 for the holy cave shrine of Swami Amarnath Ji located at an altitude of 13,500ft in southern Kashmir for the main course of the pilgrimage, he said.
The pujan and traditional rituals will be performed on the auspicious occasion of Shravan-Purnima on August 12, concluding the annual Yatra.