Ground Report | New Delhi: The shrine’s management authority, has cancelled the annual Amarnath Yatra second time in a row in view of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was announced by Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha after discussions with the Shrine Board.
The 56-day journey to the 3,880-metre-high cave temple of Lord Shiva, located in the upper reaches of the Himalayas, is scheduled to begin on June 28 through the twin routes of Pahalgam and Baltal and end on August 22. The pilgrimage was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Last week, Manoj Sinha attended a meeting convened by Union Home Minister Amit Shah to take stock of the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, apart from development initiatives. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, top security and intelligence officials of the Central Government and Jammu and Administration were part of the meeting.
Amarnath cave is a Hindu shrine located in Jammu and Kashmir. The cave is situated at an altitude of 3,888 m (12,756 ft), about 141 km (88 mi) from Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, and reached through Pahalgam town.
The shrine forms an important part of Hinduism and is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism. The cave is surrounded by snowy mountains (Amarnath Yatra cancelled).
The cave itself is covered with snow most of the year except for a short period of time in summer when it is open for pilgrims. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees make an annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave across challenging mountainous terrain.