Srinagar, June 21: The annual Amarnath pilgrimage is cancelled this year in view of COVID-19 pandemic, informed Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha via twitter.
However, “aarti” will be facilitated online for the devotees.
The decision was announced after discussions with the shrine board and analyzing the present situation.
“Shri Amarnathji Yatra cancelled in wake of Covid-19 Pandemic. Decision after threadbare discussion with Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board members. Yatra to be symbolic only. However, all the traditional religious rituals shall be performed at the Holy Cave Shrine as per past practice,” tweeted office of LG J&K.
“It’s important to save people’s lives. So, it is not advisable to hold and conduct this year’s pilgrimage in the larger public interest,” it added.
The 56-day yatra to the 3,880-metre-high cave shrine of Lord Shiva, located in the upper reaches of Himalayas, was due to start simultaneously on both routes from June 28 and culminate on Raksha Bandhan, August 22.