J&K: Amarnath Yatra concludes with “Samapan Pooja”
The “samapan pooja” marking the end of this year’s symbolic annual Amarnath yatra was performed in the holy cave on Sunday amid chanting of religious hymns and mantras, an official spokesperson said. The Managing Director of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), Nitishwar Kumar, prayed for lasting peace, harmony, progress and prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir, the spokesperson said.
The board facilitated the transportation of the sacred mass of Lord Shiva – Chhari Mubarak – to the cave shrine. Mahant Deependra Giri, the guardian of the mace, led the procession including saints of “dashnami akhada” and also held the “Chhari Poojan” to mark the end of the yatra on Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan).
The annual pilgrimage was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the board performed all traditional religious rituals at the cave shrine in the South Kashmir Himalayas.
The SASB had arranged to broadcast “aartis” live in the morning and evening on TV channels and social networks, in addition to facilitating the virtual reservation of pooja, “hawan” and “prasad” online. About seven to eight million devotees performed the free virtual darshan on the Jio TV platform via the live broadcast on the Shri Amarnathji channel, the spokesperson said.
All of these measures kept the religious feelings of the faithful alive, he said.
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