There is good news for pilgrims preparing this year for the Amarnath Yatra – the Shivalingam has taken its full form.
Not only the size of Shivalingam is larger than the previous year but also the level of snow around the cave will definitely help it remain intact for a longer period.
Registration for this year’s yatra has already begun across the country on different banks notified by Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB).
Even online booking for helicopter services has also started from last week of April. The cave shrine will open on June 29 till August 7.
Meanwhile, the authorities have issued guideline for the pilgrims. They are advised to avoid consuming alcohol, caffeinated drinks, smoking, sleeping pills and strong painkillers during the trek.
GUIDELINES FOR PILGRIMS
The yatris have also been asked by the authorities to start morning or evening walks for four-five km at least one month before the journey. The cave shrine is at a height of 13,500 feet in the south Kashmir.
To avoid acute mountain sickness, people have been asked to start deep breathing exercises and yoga.
“A yatri duly registered by the SASB for the Yatra 2017, having a valid yatra permit issued by the SASB, will be entitled to an insurance cover of `1 lakh in case of death due to accident while undertaking the yatra,” said an official.
They said the yatris could avoid high-altitude sickness by giving their body adequate time to acclimatise. It is, therefore, advised that pilgrims don’t over exert during the first 48 hours of arrival in the yatra area.
Chairman SASB and J&K governor NN Vohra has held meetings with officials for a safe and smooth yatra this year.