No Amarnath Yatra this yr; official phrase awaited

Tribune News Service

Jammu, July 21

There could be no common Amarnath pilgrimage of any length this yr due to the excessive considerations concerning the steep hike within the coronavirus instances throughout the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and difficulties in managing the yatra even for a brief length with extremely curtailed variety of pilgrims.

Although there is no such thing as a official phrase from the administration that had taken upon itself to organise the pilgrimage this yr – earlier Shri Amarnath Shrine Board was entrusted with the duty of managing affairs of the pilgrimage in shut coordination with the executive equipment — not even a single pilgrim began journey to the cave shrine dedicated to lord Shiva within the Himalayas in Kashmir.

It is only a matter of an announcement, in any other case there may be going to be no yatra this yr, sources mentioned.

The shrine is situated at a peak of 13,500 ft above sea degree.

An ice stalagmite, symbolic of Lord Shiva, is the primary attraction of the pilgrims. Glimpses of the stalagmite, higher generally known as “Shivlingam” to the pilgrims had been seen when Lieutenant-Governor G C Murmu and Home minister Rajnath Singh visited the shrine on July four and 18. The “Aarti” can be telecast dwell from the shrine on every day foundation.

The yatra was curtailed due to the virus and its grip on the UT however now it appears that evidently it has been cancelled for this yr, aside from that the holy mace of Lord Shiva, generally known as “Charri Mubarak” could be taken to the shrine on August Three when the yatra was to conclude coinciding with the Raksha Bandhan pageant.

Until this night, there was no phrase whether or not the yatra has been cancelled or curtailed, and when it might begin.

Sources mentioned the UT administration is averse to taking dangers at this stage and the yatra could not happen in any respect in these occasions when the coronavirus is taking its toll on the people in J&Okay — greater than 260 have died and practically 14,000 have examined constructive.

Originally, the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board had scheduled the beginning of the pilgrimage in final week of June and its conclusion on August 3.

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