Chhari Mubarak Yatra: A Sacred Pilgrimage Through Temples and Tradition in Jammu & Kashmir

This is how the auspicious Chhari Mubarak Mukhya yatra took place, said Mahant Deepinder Giri. It commenced from Srinagar on Shravan Shukla Paksha Dashami, The chhari yatra first went to Suryaveshwar temple. From there the chhari yatra visited several temples and then came to Martand temple. Then it visited Ganesh temple. From there the chhari yatra went to Pahalgam. On Dashmi and Ekadashi night the chhari yatra halted in Pahalgam. Then on Dwadashi on 28th the Chari Mubarak yatra halted in Chandanwadi and on 29th in Sheshnag. On 30th August on Chaturdashi, the yatra halted in Panchtarni. The Raksha Bandhan festival this year was celebrated on August 30. On August 31 morning the Chhari Yatra concluded at the Amarnath holy cave of Lord Shiva who at the behest of Ma Parvati recited her the ‘Amar Katha’ which after listening a person is said to become free from life and death. There worship was done with Vedic mantras. On 31st night the yatra travelled back to Panchtarni. On September 1 it reached Sheshnag. Then via Chandanwadi they took a night halt in Pahalgam. On September 2, puja and immersion happened in Lidden River near Pahalgm. Then after the banquet with the Mahatmas, the Chhari Mubarak ceremony of Shri Amarnthji yatra 2023 concluded. A local resident of Mattan, Anantnag, Gulaam Hassan Mir says, since centuries the Chhari Mubarak ceremony is being celebrated. People of all religion are treated the same here. Earlier the festival used to be carried over for three days here and people of all religions gathered on a happy note to participate with the Hindus on their own, the resident narrated.

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