New Delhi: In the wake of the Coronavirus, the Amarnath Shrine board, on Tuesday announcement that the annual Amarnath Yatra, the Hindu pilgrimage to icy Himalayan cave shrine in Kashmir, will not take place.
“Based upon the circumstances, the Board decided with heavy heart that it is not advisable to hold and conduct this year’s Shri Amarnathji Yatra and expressed its regret to announce the cancellation of Yatra 2020,” the Amarnath Shrine Board said in a statement.
“The Board is aware of and respects the sentiments of millions of devotees and to keep the religious sentiments alive, the Board shall continue the Live Telecast/ Virtual Darshan of the morning and evening Aarti. Further, the traditional rituals shall be carried out as per past practice,” it added.
Earlier in the month, the Supreme Court, in an order had asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to take a decision on organizing the pilgrimage, taking in account the ground realities.