The annual Yatra of Baba Budha Amarnath has concluded in J&K’s Poonch district.
The Yatra of the ‘Chari Mubarak’ (Lord Shiva’s Mace) that marks the end of Baba Budha Amarnath’s annual pilgrimage, was taken out on Tuesday morning from Dashnami Akhada temple in Poonch District.
Pithadishwar Swami Shri Vishwatmanand Sarswati Maharaj led the yatra in which thousands of devotees from across the union territory participated.
The Chari Mubarak was taken out amid tight security arrangements with a heavy deployment of police, army, and paramilitary forces.
After passing through Chandak, the Yatra of Chari Mubarak concluded at Poonch Mandi temple of Baba Shri Budha Amarnath where the concluding prayers were offered on Tuesday late evening.
Officials said that the devotees will keep coming for paying obeisance at the temple till the festival of Raksha Bandhan festival, but officially the pilgrimage has concluded.
It is believed that this ancient Shrine of Lord Shiva, is situated at the place in the Himalayas, where Rishi Pulatsya the grandfather of the King Ravana of Lanka had worshiped for many decades. Pulast River flowing down from Loran-Mandi mountains of Pir Panjal (Himalayas) to Poonch and Pakistan occupied part of J&K has been named after this great Saint.
The Chari Mubarak will remain in the temple for two days and will be brought back on the day after the Raksha Bandhan on August 11.