There will be no Amarnath Yatra this year. According to News agency ANI, Raj Bhavan, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, as saying that Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) has decided it would not be advisable to hold and conduct this year’s 2020 Amarnath Yatra under the current circumstances. The Board expressed its regret to announce the cancellation of Yatra 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To keep the religious sentiments alive, Board will continue live telecast of morning and evening aarti. The traditional rituals shall be carried out as per past practice. Also, Chhadi Mubarak shall be facilitated by the Government, the Raj Bhavan said.
The decision to cancel annual Amarnath Yatra was taken at a meeting of the shrine board chaired by SASB chairman Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu in Srinagar today.
The SASB said in a statement, “Based upon the circumstances, the Board decided with a heavy heart that it is not advisable to hold and conduct this year’s Shri Amarnathji Yatra and expressed its regret to announce the cancellation of Yatra 2020.”
“The Board is aware of and respects the sentiments of millions of devotees and to keep the religious sentiments alive, it shall continue the live telecast of the morning and evening Aarti. Further, the traditional rituals shall be carried out as per the past practice. Also, the Chhadi Mubarak shall be facilitated by the government”, the statement further said.
Earlier, the 42-day yatra was to commence from the twin tracks of Pahalgam and Ganderbal in Kashmir from June 23. However, it as delayed due to the pandemic. The Jammu and Kashmir administration had announced this month that its plan to conduct the yatra in a restricted manner this year.
PTI quoted a spokesman of the SASB as saying that a tedious discussion was held on the current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and its likely impact on the yatra before deciding to cancel it altogether.
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