"Pilgrims from different parts of the country assembled at Srinagar yesterday and moved towards Naran Naag where they stayed for the night and then proceeded on foot towards holy Gangbal lake for an eight-hour foot journey," Pandit said.
He said a joint 'shraadha' by the pilgrims will be performed on the auspicious day of 'Ganga Ashtami' at Gangbal lake on Friday, while the pilgrims will return on September 15.

"The yatra has seen significant growth over the past five years," Pandit, the APMCC chairman and the brain behind the concept of annual Harmukh Ganga yatra, said.
He said that 'Charri Pujan' of Ganga charri at Naran Naag was conducted this morning ahead of the commencement of the yatra. "This year the yatra is being organised by the Gangbal Trust which was floated by the APMCC some years back as a sole trust for organising the yatra, hawan and other religious activities for the Harmukh Ganga," Pandit said.

He said that APMCC and the trust was exploring the possibility of using the traditional route of Chittar Gul next year so that devotees can pay obeisance at Sukh Sar and Dukh Sar on the way to Harmukh Ganga.


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