In view of the current situation of corona infection, this year also the Amarnath Yatra has been Cancelled . Last year also the Amarnath Yatra was Cancelled due to the Corona pandemic. However, devotees will be able to have online darshan from June 28. Shri Amarnath Chadi Mubarak will be taken to the cave on 22nd August.
The pace of Covid has slowed down a bit in Jammu and Kashmir these days, but the administration does not want to take any risk in view of the possibility of a third wave. Due to this, it has been decided to cancel the precautionary visit.
On normal days, thousands of people visit Jammu and Kashmir every year to have a darshan of Baba Barfani in the holy cave. This year the offline registration for the Yatra was started from 1st April. This yatra was to start from June 28, but due to cancellation of the yatra, thousands of devotees of Baba will be disappointed
Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said that the government would soon decide on holding the annual Amarnath pilgrimage, but made it clear that saving lives is its top priority. The 56-day journey to the cave temple of Lord Shiva, situated at an altitude of 3,880 meters in the higher reaches of the Himalayas, was to begin on June 28 via Pahalgam and Baltal routes and end on August 22.
Sinha told “I have already said that saving people’s lives is more important. Keeping in mind the Covid pandemic, we will take a decision soon, maybe by tomorrow.
Significantly, in the year 2020, the pilgrimage was Cancelled due to the pandemic. Earlier, Sinha attended a meeting called 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 Kashmir administration attended the meeting.
Official sources said that the Home Minister was briefed about the prevailing security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the security measures being taken there. He said top officials also briefed Shah about the situation along the Line of Control and the international border with Pakistan.