SRI NAGAR: After environmentalists, a body of about 125 langar groups involved in providing free food to Amarnath yatris in Jammu and Kashmir has demanded that the annual Amarnath Yatra be curtailed to a month, saying that 90-95 per cent of the pilgrims visit the cave shrine during the first 25 days of the Yatra, and the numbers fall afterwards.
Vijay Thakur, president of Shri Amarnath Barfani Langer Organisation (SABLO), an apex body of more than 125 langar organisations operating on both routes of Amarnath Yatra in the Valley, told The New Indian Express that the group favoured curtailing of the Yatra period to a month in view of religious and weather considerations.
He said as per Hindu tradition and mythology, the best period for the pilgrimage is the month of Shravan. “We firmly believe that if the Yatra is performed during this period, one gets maximum blessings. We are of the opinion that the Yatra should commence on Vyas/Guru Purnima and conclude on Shravan Purnima ie., Raksha bandhan and maximum duration of the Yatra should not exceed a month.”
The Amarnath Yatra this year started on June 28 and would conclude on August 26. The SABLO delegation also attended the Amarnath review meeting chaired by Governor N N Vohra.