Chadi Mubarak reaches Holy Cave as Amarnath Yatra ends
Srinagar: Chadi Mubarak (the holy mace) reached the Cave shrine of Amarnath on Thursday, making the formal end of 43-day long Amarnath Yatra 2022.
Officials said that Chadi Mubarak reached the Holy cave on Thursday for final pooja, coinciding with Raksha Bandhan, making the formal end of Annual Amarnath Yatra 2022.
They said that though the government was expecting around 6-8 lakh pilgrims to visit perform Yatra this year, only 3.04 lakh pilgrims visited holy cave this year only, reason being the weather vageries.
As per official data, 398611 registrations were done but only 304439 pilgrims did Darshan, while 71 casualties were reported due to weather conditions and other reasons.
“71 Pilgrims died this year during pilgrimage, including 15 who died due to flash floods triggered by cloudburst on July 08, while rest died due to medical conditions,” officials said.
They said that group of sages led by custodian of the holy mace Mahant Dipendra Giri carrying Chadi Mubarak, holy mace of lord Shiva reached the the Amarnath cave on Thursday.
The 145 kilometre Chadi Mubarak Yatra starts from Dashnami Akhara in Srinagar and during the yatra route, sages perform hawans at Pampore, Bijbehara, Anantnag, Mattan, Aishmuqam and finally at Pahalgam where the procession takes rest for two days before proceeding to Amarnath holy cave.
They said sages along with Chadi Mubarak usually spend two nights at Pahalgam while one at Chandanwari, one at Sheshnag and one at Panchtarani before reaching to Amarnath cave.