Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha urged the pilgrims intending to undertake the journey of Amarnath Yatra before August 5 in the wake of an inclement weather advisory issued by the Meteorological department (MeT).
Talking to reporters after participating in the Chari Mubarakh Pooja at Akhara building at Lal Chowk, Srinagar, the LG, said that MeT department has predicted more inclement weather in and around the Amarnath cave and other parts of Kashmir after August 5.
“Given the erratic weather advisory, I would like to urge all the intending pilgrims to plan their visit to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath before August 5. The weather may turn more inclement after August 5 as suggested by the MeT department,” the LG said.
He said that so far three lakh pilgrims from across India have performed the yatra. “Pilgrims can go up to August 11 but given the weather advisory, I appeal to all the intending pilgrims to come for performing the darshan before August 5,” the LG said.
He said that there has been heavy rainfall over the past many days in and around the cave. “The holy shiv lignum is also not in its original position due to the heat wave,” he said. Pertinently, this year, Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) was expecting a record number of pilgrims given the huge tourist arrivals.
Pertinently, a cloudburst triggered landslides near Amarnath cave on July 28 that left 15 pilgrims dead and dozens injured.