The annual Amarnath Yatra in the Himalayas through Union Territory Jammu & Kashmir will be conducted in a staggered manner, and not more than 500 pilgrims will be allowed to visit the sacred cave shrine of Lord Shiva daily due to the Coronavirus pandemic, officials said on Wednesday (July 8), Deccan Chronicle reported.
According to the report, the Amarnath Yatra is likely to begin from July 21. The path to Pahalgam has not been cleared yet. This path is full of ice. This year pilgrimage permission can be given through Baltal route only.
In the Union Territory, around 9,000 people are found Coronavirus positive, and so far, around 145 people have died due to the virus. Authorities are particularly concerned about the Coronavirus epidemic because the symptoms of the virus and high altitude disease are nearly identical.
In the case of Vaishnodevi shrine, the visit to the temple has been suspended till July 31 and authorities are contemplating allowing it first for local people. Later, depending on the Coronavirus situation, people from outside the state will be allowed, the official said.