Srinagar: The annual pilgrimage of the holy Amarnath Yatra to south Kashmir’s Himalayan cave has been cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to reports. The 42-day-long yatra had already been decided to be cut short to 15 days with pilgrims travelling only from Batal route.
“Based upon the circumstances, the Board decided with 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 said in a statement.
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Adding that the board is aware of and respects the sentiments of millions of devotees and to keep the religious sentiments alive, the board shall continue the Live Telecast/ Virtual Darshan of the morning and evening Aarti, “Further, the traditional rituals shall be carried out as per past practice. Also, the Chhadi Mubarak shall be facilitated by the Government.”