Due to the conditions created by COVID-19 in the country Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB)has said that this year’s Amarnath Yatra has been cancelled. The decision was taken at a meeting of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) to discuss the conduct of the Yatra 2020.
The meeting was presided by Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu, who is Chairman of SASB. ‘Based upon the circumstances, the Board decided with a heavy heart that it is not advisable to hold and conduct this year’s Shri Amarnathji Yatra and expressed its regret to announce the cancellation of Yatra 2020.
‘The Board is aware of and respects the sentiments of millions of devotees and to keep the religious sentiments alive, the Board shall continue the Live Telecast/ Virtual Darshan of the morning and evening Aarti,’ said a release by Raj Bhavan.
It said the traditional rituals shall be carried out as per past practice and Chhadi Mubarak shall be facilitated by the government.
According to the release, the Board was informed that the arrangements were on track since February 2020, but due to nationwide lockdown and pandemic, State Executive Committee, J-K has still continued to keep religious places and places of worship closed for the public.
These prohibitions continue till July 31.