Amaranth Yatra 2019: First Batch Begins the Yatra Towards the Holy Cave, Amid High Security

Amaranth Yatra 2019: First Batch Begins the Yatra Towards the Holy Cave, Amid High Security

Amaranth Yatra 2019: With chants of “bam bam bhole” and “ har har Mahadev “ the  46 day Amarnath Yatra officially begins, here on Monday. Amongst 1.6 lacs people who have registered themselves for the visit to holy cave, the first batch of 2,234 members has left the base camp of Baltal and Pahalgam to begin their yatra amidst tight security.

Advisor to the governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik, KK Sharma set off the Yatris after conducting ‘pooja’ for their journey and safe return. This season Governor of the valley Satya Pal Malik was the first one to visit the holy shrine. Malik performed first Aarti of this season at 9:30 AM, thereafter the cave was held open for the rest of the pilgrims.

In order to ensure the security of the pilgrims, nearly 8000 of army officials have been deployed. Besides the human force, advanced technology has also been brought in use to tighten the security arrangements. Along with various CCTV cameras, drones, and bulletproof vehicles are also being used as per orders of the government. Checking points at regular intervals added to the security arrangements.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah too had reviewed the security arrangements for the Amarnath Yatra 2019 during his visit to Jammu and Kashmir last week.

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Sited at 3,888 meters above sea-level, the Amarnath shrine houses an ice stalagmite ”Shivling” structure that signifies the mythological powers of Lord Shiva. Pilgrims trek through mountains to reach the holy cave in the Himalayas in south Kashmir. The pilgrimage will end on August 15, the day of Shravan Purnima, according to the Hindu calendar.

-PTC News