July 13, 2017:
Amarnath Yatra is known to be one of the most difficult pilgrimages in India due to a plethora of reasons. Amongst many reasons, frequent terrorist attacks on Amarnath raises the level of complexity and challenges for the pilgrims. The area also extends to the land of Jammu & Kashmir, which has beheld tensions of late.
In the wake of the terror attack on the bus carrying Amarnath yatris on Monday, it is important to acquaint people with the Amarnath Yatra’s dos and don’ts. The bus that was attacked recently was neither registered with the Sri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) nor adhered to the security details obligatory for the sojourners with respect to the terror threat.
- The temperature may fall up to 5 degree Celsius, hence it is advised to carry sufficient Wollen Clothes.
- The Yatra bus carrying the pilgrims is prohibited after 7 pm. One must carry the yatra permit and requisite papers all the time with themselves.
- One must keep in their pocket a note containing the name/address, a mobile telephone number of any yatri progressing for darshan on the same dates for emergency purposes.
- Travel in groups rather in isolation.
- In the case of any mishap or sudden emergency situation, immediately contact the nearest Camp Director / Mountain Rescue Teams (MRTs) stationed at various locations.
- Ensure that the pony man or the person who carries your luggage is registered with the police and carries an identity card.
- Pre-paid SIM Cards from the states outside J&K do not work in the yatra area. Yatris can obtain pre-activated SIM Cards at the base camps of Baltal and Nunwan.
- Do carry medicines for cold, fever, vomit and first aid kit with you while taking the pilgrimage.
- Inside the cave, incense stick and diyas are not allowed as it raises the temperature which also melts the frosted mercury shivling.
- Children below 13 years, pregnant women and elderly citizens over 75 years are forbidden to carry the pilgrimage.
- Don’t try short cut routes to the holy cave. It might lead to danger.
- Do not take any polyethene material as it is banned in J&K and punishable under law.
- Do not wear slippers or loose sandals while trekking to the holy cave as the route has falls and tilts. It is advised to wear trekking shoes for the yatra.
- Women to avoid wearing saree as the Amarnath yatra route becomes difficult in the later stages.
- Lastly, respect the environment and do not pollute the land of Shiva while taking the Amarnath Yatra
– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94