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- The registration for this year's Amarnath Yatra has begun
- The pilgrimage will be held between June 28 to August 22
- The registration for the annual yatra from the two designated routes -Pahalgam and Baltal - commenced on April 1
Devotees of Lord Shiva go on a pilgrimage annually to sacred places associated with the deity. Among them, the Amarnath Yatra finds a special mention. The registration for this year's Yatra has begun, and the 56-day long pilgrimage will be held between June 28 to August 22. Read on to know more about the registration process and learn more about the sacred shrine.
The registration for the annual yatra from the two designated routes -Pahalgam and Baltal - commenced on April 1. As per the reports, pilgrims can get their reservations done through 446 designated bank branches of Punjab National Bank (316), Jammu and Kashmir Bank (90) and Yes Bank (40) across the country. Check out this link for the Yatra Permit.
And there's good news for the devotees. For the first time, the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board will construct concrete structures for pilgrims. This facility will help them during their pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave, which houses the self-created Shiva Linga in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
SASB is planning to create restrooms and guest houses. Prior to this, the board was never allowed to make concrete structures as the move led to criticism from the opposition as well as the ruling party. In fact, in 2008, when Azad led government had planned to make structures for pilgrims, political leaders Mufti Sayeed and Mehbooba Mufti had opposed the move.
In 2012, Omar Abdullah had offered a chopper ride to Syed Ali Shah Geelani to see that the structures aren’t being created. However, now the board has geared for the groundwork to ensure pilgrims get all the facilities.
Earlier, the board would make prefabricated structures for the yatra.
The Yatra from Jammu via Pahalgam takes about 5 days. The route includes Chandanwari, Pissu Top, Sheshnag and Panchtarni. The shorter route, which takes about three days, starts from Jammu and includes Baltal, Domail and Barari. Pilgrims from across the country participate in the Yatra to pay ode to the self-created snow Shiva Linga (ice stalagmite). Hence, Lord Shiva is also hailed as Baba Barfani, here.
It is said that during the summer months, the Shiva Linga grows and shrinks in size as the moon waxes and wanes. One can also find ice formations of Devi Parvati (Lord Shiva's consort) and Ganesha (Lord Shiva's son) here.