J&K govt cancels Amarnath Yatra amid COVID-19 pandemic

Amarnath cave
Amarnath cave

The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to cancel this year’s Amarnath Yatra amid COVID-19 pandemic, however, all the traditional religious rituals will be performed at the Holy Cave Shrine as per past practice, said the Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board. 

As per the latest decision, devotees will be enabled to attend the morning and evening Aarti in online mode. The Shrine Board has put in place virtual and televised mechanism for live Darshan of Aarti from the holy cave. 

“It is important to save people’s lives. So, it is not advisable to hold and conduct this year’s pilgrimage in the larger public interest. Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board is aware of and respect the sentiments of millions of devotees, and to keep the sentiments alive, the Board shall continue the live telecast of morning and evening Aarti from the Holy Cave shrine,” Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, who is also Chairman of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board said.

Lt Governor also stressed upon the need to follow Covid protocol on the significant and pious days like Pratham Pooja, Samapan Pooja. He further stressed that saints visiting the Shrine cave to perform Aarti as per “Shastra” would follow COVID appropriate behavior. 

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