For the purpose of providing stay and food items to the pilgrims coming for darshans during the Amarnath yatra, langas will be installed at 132 different points on both Phalgam and Baltal routes. With the yatra starting on June 28, majority of langar committees have set up their infrastructure and stocked necessary food and other items.
As per the Supreme Court guidelines, this year the pilgrims will not be provided oily and junk food and sweets. This year, the Amarnath yatris will be only get plain chappati and dal-rice.
These langars will be installed after a gap of few kilometers on the entire Phalgam and Baltal routes leading up to holy cave. Langars will only be installed on the yatra route, where there will be sufficient space for the stay of pilgrims.
The langars at 132 places are being managed by Shri Amarnath Baba Langar Association (SABLO). A langar caters to 5000-6000 pilgrims every day during duration of the yatra. Besides offering them food items, langar committees also provide them accommodation. In addition to that around 30 more langars would also be installed at Shatani Naullah, Mir Bazar and three other places in Anantnag area.
Phalgam Route Langars
Nuwan Camp 13
Pissu Top 5
Holy Cave 14
Balwal Top 1
Posh Patri 2
Baltal Route Langers
Baltal and Domel 50
Bredi Marg 2
Rail Patri 2
'95% pilgrims visit cave shrine in first 25 days'
In real sense the period of Amarnath yatra lasts only for 30 days, said Vijay Thakur, president, Shri Amarnath Baba Langer Association (SABLO).
"As per our experience for last so many years, the maximum influx of pilgrims is witnessed in the initial phase of yatra. Yatris prefer to perform darshans during the first few days of the Yatra, you cannot stop them", he said.
He added 90% of pilgrims visit in the first 20 days of the yatra, 95% visit during the first 25 days of the yatra and rest 5% in the remaining period of the yatra.
This year the yatra lasts 55 days, while last year it was for 39 days, Thakur said, "What should be duration of yatra is a political issue and it has no relation with the ground reality". He said the duration of the yatra depends on two factors, first Nature and other Raksha Bandan.