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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2015, a spiritual journey, this year will commence from 2nd July and conclude on 9th August.

The Yatra is exclusive in its own way as it offers a glimpse of the immortal Lord Shiva in the form of an ice lingam. It is situated in the southern part of Kashmir and is opened every year in summers. The shrine is managed by Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB).

This board is not only responsible for proper arrangements of the Yatra but also provides better opportunities to its pilgrims.

If you are planning your pilgrimage this summer, here a few do’s and don’ts that will make your journey a pleasant one.

Do’s

  • Achieve a high level of Physical Fitness. For improving the oxygen efficiency of your body, you should start doing deep breathing exercises and Yoga, particularly Pranayam. You should also start walking for 4-5kms.
  • You must carry (i) adequate woolen clothing; (ii) a small umbrella (iii) windcheater; (iv) raincoat; (v) waterproof trekking shoes; (vi) torch; (vii) walking stick; (viii) cap; (ix) gloves; (x) jacket; (xi) woolen socks; (xii) trousers. These items are essential as the climate is highly unpredictable and can change from sunny to snowy.
  • Wearing comfortable clothes should be priority. For ladies Sarees should be avoided. Ladies who are more than 6 week pregnant are not allowed to undertake the pilgrimage.
  • Children below 13 year in age and elderly persons above the age of 75 years are not permitted to undertake the pilgrimage.
  • Carry a water bottle, dry fruits, roasted grams/channa, toffees/gur (jiggery), chocolates, etc for use during the journey.
  • Carrying cold cream/Vaseline/sunscreen to protect your hands /face against sunburn is advisable.
  • You should not trek alone. Always travel in a group.
  • Keep a note containing the name/addresses/mobile telephone number of a member of your group with whom you are travelling in your pocket. You must also carry your Yatra Permit and any other identity card.
  • You must seek immediate assistance of the Police and also have an announcement made on the Public Address System at the Yatra Camp in case of emergency.
  • All organic wastes must be put in the dustbin which is green coloured.
  • Lavatories/ urinals, installed in the camps and other places enroute the Holy Cave, should be used.

DON’TS

  • Don’t stop at places which are marked by warning notices.
  • Don’t use slippers because there are steep rises and falls on the route to the Holy Cave. Only wear trekking shoes with laces.
  • Don’t attempt any short cuts on the route as doing so would be dangerous.
  • Use of plastics is strictly banned in the State and is punishable under law. Do not pollute the surroundings.


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