The ritualistic journey to Amarnath Cave is about to begin by 28th June 2018. This holy Yatra accompanies several pilgrims from around the world who land here to explore the divinity of the Almighty.
The annual pilgrimage of Amarnath falls in the festive season of Shravani Mela that falls between June and August. The beginning and conclusion of the auspicious period to undertake the holy yatra is mark with some poojas. Here, the devotees believe that through puja, they call upon the Amarnathji to bless them to accomplish a safe journey.
The two main puja perform during Amarnath Yatra are:
Undoubtedly, the pratham pooja clarifies the meaning of the ‘first puja’. On the auspicious day of Vyas Purnima (Guru Purnima), the pooja is perform. This puja is taken as the mark of opening the Yatra for the pilgrims. During the puja, several attendants mark their presence among which members of the J & K government and Shri Amarnath Shrine Board are the ones.
During the puja, pujari’s chants several mantras, shlokas praising Lord Shiva. After the pooja, the Prasad is distribute among the devotees.
In addition to the pratham pooja, the Bhoomi pujan, Navgraha pujan, and Chhari pujan is also perform. Once the pooja is complete, the Dhwajarohan is conduct to mark the beginning of the Yatra.
Unlike the pratham pooja, the Chhari Mubarak is the event that marks the end of the Amarnath Yatra. On the auspicious day of Sharavan Purnima, the Chhari Mubarak is taken to the Amarnath Cave.
As per the legendary resources, the Chhari is the holy mace of Lord Shiva that he granted to the Sage Bringesh. Once the Pratham pooja is conducted, the Chhari is made available for darshan at Dashnami Akhara. Also, the mace covers the holy route of the Amarnath Yatra. In addition to the route, special pooja is performed on the occasion of Naag Panchami.
The pooja and rituals followed during the Amarnath Yatra holds great significance.