Srinagar : In the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, J&K government has decided that Amarnath Yatra, annual pilgrimage, would be symbolic only; however, all the traditional religious rituals shall be performed at the Holy Cave Shrine as per past practice. A threadbare discussion was held with the esteemed members of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board including Swami Avdheshanand, DC Raina, Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Prof Anita Billawariya, Sudarshan Kumar, Prof. Vishwamurti Shashtri, Pt. Bhajan Sopori, Dr. C.M. Seth and Tripta Dhawan on the present Covid-19 situation before arriving on the decision.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, who is also Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board subsequently held a detailed deliberations with Chief Secretary Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, DGP, Dilbag Singh, Principal Secretary Home Shaleen Kabra, and Principal Secretary to Lt Governor, Nitishwar Kumar, who is also the CEO of Shrine Board, and directed that devotees should be enabled to attend to morning and evening Aarti in online mode. He said it would help them to pay their obeisance while also avoiding travel and exposure. The meeting was informed that the Shrine Board has put in place a virtual and televised mechanism for live Darshan of Aarti from the holy cave.