New Delhi: The Amarnath Yatra for this year has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country, as per reports. Earlier, the organising authorities had said that the pilgrimage would begin on July 21 till August 3.
The decision was announced by the Amarnath Shrine Board who manages all the affairs related to the yatra to the cave shrine situated at 3,880 meters above sea level in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir.
As per the earlier plans, the Amarnath Yatra would take place from one existing route and all the pilgrims were supposed to go through COVID-19 tests. It was also decided that the puja ceremony would be telecasted on television all across the country.
In the 2nd week of July, defence minister Rajnath Singh had visited the holy cave of Amarnath shrine to offer his prayers. He was joined by chief of defence staff General Bipin Rawat and Army chief General MM Naravane.
The Amarnath Shrine is known to be one of the holiest places of worship in Hinduism and thousands of devotees make a pilgrimage to the cave every year.