STATE TIMES NEWSSRINAGAR: ‘Chhari Sthapana,’ an important ritual in connection with the Amarnath Yatra in south Kashmir Himalayas, was on Thursday performed by a group of sadhus at Shri Amareshwar Temple here. In connection with annual pilgrimage of ‘Chhari-Mubarak’, the ceremony was performed for more than two and half hours amid chanting of vedic hymns at Shri Amareshwar Temple Akhara, Chowk Srinagar, this morning by a group of Sadhus led by Mahant Deependra Giri, said a spokesman of the True Trust, founded by Giri, the custodian of the holy mace. “The holy mace, one depicting Lord Shiva and another Goddess Parvati, will be kept in the Temple at Akhara Building here for ‘Darshan’ till it leaves for main course of pilgrimage,” the spokesman said. He said the traditional ‘Chhari-Pujan’ would be performed on July 25 on the occasion of Nag-Panchami (Shravan Shukla Paksha Panchami) at Dashnami Akhara here. ‘The True Trust’, founded by Mahant Deependra Giri ji in year 2004, shall make all the necessary arrangements like yester years for the annual pilgrimage.
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