The auspicious Amarnath Yatra is all set to begin from June 30, 2022. As it is happening after a gap of two years, this time it is even bigger. Due to COVID-19, it didn’t take place in 2020 and 2021.
The administration of Jammu and Kashmir announced that the yatra will continue for 43 days and will end on August 11, the day of the Raksha Bandhan. According to the officials, they plan to take safety measures to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.
What’s New for the Amarnath Yatra 2022?
The government has announced a few new measures for this year like the addition of augmented health facilities, telecommunication facilities, increase in accommodation capacity, helicopter services, upgraded tracks etc. to help ease travel for the pilgrims.
It is also reported that the government will introduce an RFID system to track the movement of the pilgrims.
This year, the administration has also planned to start the pilgrimage simultaneously from Pahalgam track in the Anantnag district and Baltal in the Ganderbal district. Only 10000 pilgrims will be allowed daily on each route. This excludes those traveling via helicopters.
Battery-operated cars will also be available for ease of the pilgrims. Devotees from around the world will be able to watch the morning and evening aarti through a live telecast even if they cannot attend it in person.
An Auspicious Sighting
It is widely believed that a pair of white pigeons that Lord Shiva didn’t kill, so they can be the symbol of his and Devi Parvati’s, still visit the Amarnath Cave. If you are lucky enough to spot this pair in the cave during the yatra, it is considered highly meritorious and auspicious. According to many locals these two pigeons visit the cave every full moon at midnight.
How to Register for Amarnath Yatra?
Devotees can visit the official website of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) and register online for the holy pilgrimage.
Why is Amarnath Yatra Popular?
The auspicious Amarnath Yatra is popular around the world as it leads to a cave where you can find a natural snow formation of Shiva Linga. The cave is 150 ft high and 90 ft long. The lingam inside is known as swayambhu because of the popular belief that it appeared on its own. Later, it was discovered by Buta Malik, a shepherd.
How Old is the Amarnath Cave?
The Amarnath Cave is believed to be almost 5,000 years old. According to many devotees, it is even mentioned in the Hindu scriptures.
Is there an Eligibility Criteria for the Amarnath Yatra?
Yes, children under 13 years and adults over 75 years are not allowed to undertake the holy pilgrimage for their own safety.
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