Stage set for 'symbolic' Amarnath yatra
The Baba Amarnath Yatra Niyas and the Shri Amaranth Shrine Board on Monday reached a consensus on holding a symbolic four-member yatra on June 15 to offer Pratham Puja at the holy cave shrine of Baba Amarnath.india Updated: Jun 14, 2011 01:45 IST
The Baba Amarnath Yatra Niyas and the Shri Amaranth Shrine Board on Monday reached a consensus on holding a symbolic four-member yatra on June 15 to offer Pratham Puja at the holy cave shrine of Baba Amarnath.
Two members of the Niyas and two from the board would fly to the venue and offer the prayers at the holy shrine, signalling the "start of the yatra as scheduled".
The Niyas has been fighting against the board and the Jammu and Kashmir government for the yatra to commence on Jayeshth Purnima (June 15 this year) instead of June 29.
Chief minister Omar Abdullah had recently said nobody would be allowed to move for Shri Amarnath Yatra before June 29.
After the agreement with the board, Vishwa Hindu Parishad national secretary Surinder Jain said, "Though the yatra would start with the offering of prayers (on June 15), we have entered into an agreement with the government for the early clearance of snow from the track so that the regular yatra may be flagged off soon."
He said the Niyas would keep an eye on the government's efforts in clearing the track to the cave shrine.
The shrine is situated at an altitude of 3,888 metres, about 140 km from Srinagar, in the Himalayas in southern Kashmir.
"There is no agreement on the June 29 date announced by the government, but the yatra will begin as soon as we find the track worthy of human movement," said Jain.
He termed the Pratham Puja to be held on June 15 at the holy cave as the triumph of the Niyas and added the yatra would be held for 60 days.