|August 19, 2010|
Amarnath pilgrims worship Holy Mace in Srinagar
Srinagar: Amarnath pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir prayed before 'Charri Mubarak' (the Holy Mace of Lord Shiva)
at the Shanakaracharya Temple here on Thursday. Mahant Deependra Giri, the head priest of the Shankaracharya Temple, performed the rituals amidst chanting of
Vedic hymns. "Today is 19th the day of 'Dashmi' and on 21st the second day will
rest in Chandanwadi and after that on the third day, early morning we will move
from Chandanwadi and then will rest in Sheshnag and the fourth day we will stay
at Panchtarni and 'Chadi Mumbark' will be taken to the cave on 'Sharavan Purinam'
which is on August 24 and will pray there," said Mahant Dependra Giri. Giri said
prayers would be performed for peace and brotherhood in Kashmir during the Muslim
holy month. "This is very good thing that this month is of Ramzan and we are starting
the yatra and though the situation in the region is not good, we will pray to
god, looking the current situation of the region, we will perform special prayers,"
said Giri. The annual pilgrimage that started in June will come to an end on the
full moon day in the third week of August, when the main rituals will be held
inside the cave shrine. After this, the rituals at Amarnath, the 'Chhari Mubarak'
will be brought back to the Shanakracharya Temple where it will remain till the
pilgrimage next year.|
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