VHP warns Amarnath shrine board
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has warned of 'serious consequences' if the duration of the annual Amarnath yatra in Jammu and Kashmir is less than two months.
VHP leader Praveen Togadia told newsmen here Monday that the pilgrimage would start two months ahead of Aug 2 the day pilgrimage concludes. "If any attempt is made to stop the yatra it would have a countrywide reaction," Togadia said.
The shri amarnath shrine board after considering security requirements, weather conditions, last year's fatalities - 107 pilgrims had died of heart attack - and other aspects had decided to start the pilgrimage on June 25 and conclude it Aug 2.
The shrine is located at a height of 13,500 feet above sea level and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.