All you need to know about Buddha Amarnath Yatra

India has multicultural diversity so it is a land of spiritual saints and different religions. Especially in North India, there are multiple pilgrimage sites which are required to be visited. Among all these yatras, Buddha Amarnath Yatra is considered one of the famous yatras in northern India. The holy temple of Baba Chatani Buddha Amarnath is situated around 290 kms in Poonch district which takes around 10 hours of travelling time by bus from Jammu. The temple is around 4600 feet above sea level surrounded by beautiful mountains, lush green trees alongside the river Pulasti. There are multiple idols kept in the temple and a stone in the form of "Chakmak" is present which has manifested himself as Shiv Lingam. The weather usually stays cold in this area so visitors are always suggested to bring warm clothes with them.

How to reach there?

In order to reach to the temple of Chattani Baba Buddha Amarnath, one needs to follow the route via Sundarbani, Nowshera, Rajouri, Bimbergali, Swarnkot, Chandak and then finally Poonch. Since, Poonch area is under the threat most of the times owing to its proximity with Pakistan so yatra hardly continues for a long period. But the best part is the residents who extend mammoth support to the pilgrims in order to help them complete their visit to the holy place.

Purpose of Yatra

As per the popular belief, Baba Amarnath yatra is believed to be considered incomplete without visiting Chattani Baba Buddha Amarnath hence people prefer visiting the temple after their Amaranth Yatra. As per the organizers, the yatra doesn't continue for more than 3 days because of Poonch being conflict area. The boarding, lodging facilities are provided to pilgrims by the mandir committees of Dashnami Akhara Poonch and Buddha Amarnath Mandi. The arrangements of this yatra are revised every year by the district administration as well as the security officials to prevent any untoward incident. This yatra is meant to maintain peace and harmony in the community and also to protect the holy temples in the Poonch area. In order to take care of the temples, Yatra is conducted thus helping people to feel a sense of belongingness to the region and making them realize the reality of life.

Communal concord

Such yatras are meant to maintain national integrity and people's belief in worshiping. Despite consistent terrorist activities, yatra is conducted every year and security forces specially escort convoy to their destinations. The efforts put in by the armed personnel have helped big time to manage yatras to Baba Buddha Amarnath's holy temple. In the year 2008 owing to the land dispute, the yatra was halted for that year but after that, the efforts of the Hindu community, the yatra was resumed. As of now, the numbers of pilgrims visiting Buddha Amarnath have risen than Amarnath yatra. This year the 11-day Buddha Amarnath pilgrimage was flagged off amid tight security from Jammu to the mountainous holy shrine of Lord Shiva situated in Poonch. The grace of the situation is that members from all the communities manage to set up stalls for the convenience of pilgrims thus representing a great example of communal concord.

 

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