JK: Amarnath Yatra to commence from 30th June: online registration to start from 11th April
In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the 43-day long holy pilgrimage to Shri Amarnathji Yatra this year will commence on 30th of June with all covid protocols in place and shall culminate as per the tradition on Shravan Purnima, on 11th August, the day of Raksha-Bandhan festival.
The decision to commence the Yatra on 30th June this year was taken in the 41st Board meeting of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board at Jammu recently under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.
The online registration for the forthcoming Shri Amarnathji Yatra will start on 11th of this month.
Shri Amarnathji Yatra could not be held during the last two years because of the outbreak of covid and consequently, the administration had to cancel it due to the unprecedented surge in Covid-19 pandemic.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has called upon the officials to be proactive and ensure elaborate arrangements for conducting a smooth Amarnathji Yatra as a large number of devotees of Lord Shiva are expected to arrive and pay their obeisance at the Holy Cave this year.
He also said the government is introducing RFID system for pilgrims to track their movements en route the holy cave shrine to ensure their well-being. He laid special emphasis on providing best-in-class health facilities to all the visiting devotees, strengthening telecommunication services besides the use of latest technological measures to achieve optimal synergy between the different government departments and agencies.
It is worthwhile to mention that key preparations have already been made for this year’s Amarnathji Yatra with increased capacity for Accommodation, new Yatri Niwas Bhawans, Heli Services, augmented health facilities, and many other unique initiatives for the benefit of visiting Yatris.
Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) also decided that the forthcoming Yatra would commence simultaneously from both Pahalgam track in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district with a daily route-wise pilgrims ceiling of 10,000 excluding Yatri’s who would travel by helicopters. Free-of-cost battery car service would also be provided to the Yatris on three Kms Baltal to Domel stretch.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has also called for wide publicity of the Yatra and has directed the officials to explore the possibility of involving additional public and private banks and their branches in providing yatra permits.