Tuesday July 17, 2018
Home India Amarnath Shiv...

Amarnath Shivling stands at 13 ft this year due to heavy snow

0
//
623
Republish
Reprint

800px-lord_amarnath

Srinagar: With just a few days left for the annual Amarnath pilgrimage to commence, the sacred Shivling in the cave shrine, located at a height of 3,888 metres in south Kashmir, is  now higher- thanks to heavy snowfall in the region, but snow clearance along the traditional route the pilgrims take is proving to be a challenge, officials said.

The annual pilgrimage begins on July 2, and the holy Shivling (the traditional icon of Lord Shiva believed to have been formed through natural formation) is already at 13 feet, against an average of 10-11 feet in the past few years.

“This year, the Valley has witnessed heavy snowfall and the temperature remained low, which helped the formation of the holy ling, which at this point of time is in better form,” Chief Yatra officer, Basheer Ahmad Khan, told a media outlet.

“This year, it is likely to remain for long, which will attract more than expected pilgrims,” he added.

The Amarnath yatra will be of 59 days’ duration this year, a long-pending demand of the Sangh Parivar organisations. A decision on this was taken earlier this year at a meeting of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, chaired by Jammu and Kashmir Governor, N.N. Vohra.

But the heavy snowfall also has its downside.

“The track opening is always a challenge for Amarnath Yatra, that too, when weather does not cooperate with you. But we are sure we will restore the track and the snow will be cleared from the track before the commencement of pilgrimage,” Reyaz Ahmad Wani, chief executive, Pahalgam Development Authority, told the media outlet.

Authorities faced hardships during the clearance and other arrangements due to fresh snowfall on the 32-km-long track, from Chandanwari to the cave, which was comparatively heavier than previous years.

But the authorities assured that arrangements are being made to ensure the track is opened in time.

“Every arrangement for the Shri Amarnath Ji yatra is in place. Even tent suppliers and langarwalas have installed their tents and langars at different padaws (spots) of the track up to the cave in Himalayas,” Khan said.

“There are specific arrangements for electricity, water and medicine. The departments concerned have strict orders to follow the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) of the yatra and every yatri will be facilitated in every respect,” he added.

Security has always remained a challenge to tackle any kind of situation. The Indian Army has launched “Operation Shiva” along the Baltal and Pahalgam routes to ensure better coordination between its troops, the paramilitary CRPF and the local police.

This had led to a strong security grid being put in place along both routes to prevent any untoward incidents during the pilgrimage.

All arrangements are in place to ensure the security of the pilgrims, Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Division), S.J.M. Geelani, had said earlier this week, adding that security has been strengthened at all sensitive places, including railway stations and bus stands. (IANS)

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2015 NewsGram

Next Story

Pakistan Exploits Situation In Jammu & Kashmir: India

India has accused Pakistan of cynically exploiting the situation in Jammu and Kashmir at the General Assembly

0
Pakistan Exploits Situation In Jammu & Kashmir: India
Pakistan Exploits Situation In Jammu & Kashmir: India. flickr

India has accused Pakistan of cynically exploiting the situation in Jammu and Kashmir at the General Assembly while it was discussing an important issue.

“Such cynical attempts have failed in the past and do not find any resonance in this body,” Sandeep Kumar Bayyapu, a First Secretary in India’s UN Mission, said on Monday.

He was replying to a reference to Kashmir made by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi during a debate on the Right to Protect People against crimes against humanity.

“While we are having this serious debate for the first time in a decade on an issue that is of importance to all of us, we have witnessed that one delegation has, yet again, misused this platform to make an unwarranted reference to the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir,” Bayyapu said.

“I would like to place on record and reiterate that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inalienable part of India. No amount of empty rhetoric from Pakistan will change this reality,” he added.

Lodhi had said that many of the victims of killings and “mass-blinding” are “in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir” and that they “have the further indignity of living under an illegal and alien occupation”.

Pakistan's Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi
Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi. flickr

“Against this backdrop, calls for accountability would invariably smack of double standards and selectivity, especially when egregious crimes including killings and mass-blinding are being committed in full view of the international community,” she said.

However, Lodhi also said: “At its core, the responsibility to protect, is not a license to intervene in external situations, but, is instead, a universal principle of ‘non-indifference’, in keeping with historical context and cultural norms of respective settings.”

Also read: Women-Driven Rickshaw Program Creating Sensation in Pakistan

“We should also be mindful that the notion of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ does not become a mere re-enactment of the discredited ‘humanitarian interventions’ of the past,” she added. (IANS)