The mace will be kept in Pahalgam for two days and on the third day the chief priest will take it to the Amarnath shrine. The month-long pilgrimage will come to an end on Raksha Bandhan, the full moon day on August 16, when the main rituals will be held inside the Amarnath cave. After this, the 'Chhari Mubarak' will be brought back to Jammu, where it will remain until the pilgrimage next year.
Legend has it that the cave was discovered by a Muslim shepherd, Adam Malik, four centuries ago. His descendants still receive a share of the cash and other offerings made by devotees to the Hindu god at the cave.