Amidst all the brouhaha over the Amarnath land row, the "chhari mubarak" or the holy mace of Shiva reached Pahalgam this afternoon, marking the final phase of the ongoing two-month Amarnath yatra, official sources said.
Carried by its custodian Mahant Deependri Giri,the mace left its abode Dashnami Akhara at Budshah Chowk in Srinagar Monday morning and reached Pahalgam in the afternoon, sources said.
Special prayers were offered at various temples en route to Pahalgam, including temple township of Mattan.
Nearly 200 sadhus accompanied the holy mace in a fleet of vehicles from Budshah chowk to Pahalgam, 100 km from here, sources said adding that special prayers would be offered to the charri before its departure for the holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas.
After spending three nights at various halts along the 46-km traditional route, the holy mace will reach the cave on August 16 marking the end of the annual pilgrimage.
Meanwhile, sources said that the pilgrimage is going on smoothly from both-the Pahalgam and Baltal route.
So far, a record number of 5.35 lakh pilgrims visited the holy cave since the commencement of the yatra on June 17.
However, 68 persons, mostly elderly pilgrims, died during the yatra.