- Title: Religious mace procession begins in Indian Kashmir
- Date: 5th July 2020
- Summary: PAHALGAM, JAMMU AND KASHMIR, INDIA (JULY 05, 2020) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) TEMPLE OF HINDU LORD SHIVA VARIOUS OF PRIESTS PERFORMING RITUALS PRIEST WORSHIPPING RELIGIOUS MACE RELIGIOUS MACE PRIESTS PERFORMING RITUALS PRIEST WRAPPING HOLY CLOTH AROUND RELIGIOUS MACE PRAYERS CEREMONY IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) PAHALGAM RESIDENT, RAYEES AHMAD, SAYING: "There is less crowd due to this coronavirus. We are upset because of that. The prayers held here were successful but the gathering that used to be here was not seen this around because of the pandemic." VARIOUS OF PRIEST PLACING MACE ON TOP OF TEMPLE
- Embargoed: 19th July 2020 17:03
- Keywords: Chhari Mubarak India Kashmir Pahalgam religious mace procession
- Location: PAHALGAM, JAMMU AND KASHMIR, INDIA
- City: PAHALGAM, JAMMU AND KASHMIR, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA001CLJ8ITR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Scores of devotees attended the ritualistic ceremony before the famed religious mace procession 'Chhari Mubarak Yatra' began in Indian Kashmir's Pahalgam district on Sunday (July 05).
'Chhari Mubarak' - a saffron robed mace, believed to belong to Hindu God of destruction, Shiva, has many religious origin stories. It is said that Shiva himself gave his mace to a devotee to help him climb the treacherous mountain range.
However, the usual crowds were not seen at the prayer ceremony due to the deadly coronavirus.
Throughout its journey, the mace will travel with saints and devotees for 46 km through Pahalgam, Chandanwari, Sheshnag and Panchtarani to the final destination of Amarnath holy cave shrine.
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