‘Postpone Amarnath pilgrimage to next year’
Srinagar: A Bangalore based prominent Hindu leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who runs an NGO called the art of living issued an advisory asking devotees to “postpone their pilgrimage to Amarnath cave to next year in wake of the recent tragedies”.
The pilgrimage was suspended on three occasions – June 30, July 4 and July 5. On July 4, the pilgrimage was suspended due to landslides at several places on the two routes to cave in which three pilgrims had died and several injured.
Despite the best efforts of the Chairman of the Amarnath Shrine Board Governor Shri N. N. Vohra, the army and the border security forces, it is unlikely that the roads will become suitable for travel in the near future.
— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (@SriSri) July 10, 2018
The pilgrimage, conducted every year, is expected to last for 60 days (June 27-August 27) this time. Every time hundreds of thousands of Hindus from Indian plains visit the revered cave to pay obeisance to the iced stalagmite. As of July 09 over one hundred thousand devotees have visited the cave this year.
In a statement put out in media, Shri Shankar who is also the member of the board that manages the pilgrimage says, “it is advised that those planning for Shri Amarnath Yatris reconsider their travel plans and invoke Bolenath through meditation and prayer from where they are.”