The J&K government has cancelled the annual Amarnath pilgrimage due to the prevailing Covid-19 situation after a discussion with Amarnathji Shrine Board members.
“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 the office of L&G Manoj Sinha.
The 56-day yatra to the 3,880-metre-high cave shrine of Lord Shiva, located in the upper reaches of Himalayas, was supposed to start from the twin routes of Pahalgam and Baltal on June 28 and culminate on August 22.
The pilgrimage was cancelled in 2020 as well due to the pandemic.
However, Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board said it will arrange online darshan for all the devotees worldwide.