Shiva Linga at Amarnath, Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
The Amarnath Yatra is one of Indias most popular pilgrimages. Every year, thousands of devotees go on the pilgrimage that takes a picturesque route before reaching the revered Amarnath temple in Jammu. Amarnath Yatra 2018 start date is June 28. It will go on till Raksha Bandhan that is August 26. Usually, the Amarnath yatra is open for 60 days but this year it is 20 days longer. What is great news for pilgrims though is that the Amarnath Shrine board has announced the setting up on 4 on-the-spot registration facilities. ALSO SEE Photos of Amarnath Pilgrimage Show Why Its The Most Beautiful Hindu Pilgrim Site in India Also Read - ‘Don’t Listen to News Too Much, Spend Quality Time With Family,’ J-K Administration Advises People
Times of India reported Chief Executive Officer Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, Umang Narula, as saying – “On-spot registration facility during the Yatra period will be available at four places at Jammu”. These facilities are to be set up at Vaishnavi Dham, Saraswati Dham, Jammu Haat and Geeta Bhawan-Ram Mandir. This means that over and above the one lakh pilgrims who have already registered, there will be more visitors to Amarnath this year. Advance bookings for the helicopter ride to Amarnath will begin on April 27. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir: Security Forces Foil Infiltration Attempt, Kill 9 Terrorists in 24 Hours
Pilgrims at the Amarnath Yatra
Apart from this, security measures are also being improved for the pilgrimage. The State government had requested for an increase in paramilitary forces for the yatra. For incident free and secure Amarnath yatra starting from June 28, the state home department has written to the Centre seeking additional deployment of forces, an official had told news gathering agency UNI. The Centre has agreed to this plea and as a result, 80 additional paramilitary companies will be deployed in Jammu and Kashmir. Of the 80, 35 will be deployed in the Jammu region and 45 in the Kashmir region. CHECK OUT 5 Reasons to Visit Dras in Jammu and Kashmir This Summer Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir: 4 Militants Killed in Encounter With Security Forces in Kulgam
Heres wishing all Amarnath Yatra pilgrims a safe and happy journey!