Amarnath yatra 2021 cancelled in view of COVID pandemic, online darshan will be arranged: LG Manoj Sinha
Srinagar/UNI: The annual 2021-pilgrimage to the holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas has been cancelled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, online darshan for millions of devotee worldwide will be arranged by the Shrine Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha said Monday evening.
"He said it is important to save people's lives. So, it is not advisable to hold and conduct this year's pilgrimage in the larger public interest," he said.
An official spokesman said Monday evening that a threadbare discussion was held with the members of SASB on the present Covid-19 situation before arriving on the decision.
Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, who is also Chairman of the Board subsequently held detailed deliberations and directed that devotees should be enabled to attend to morning and evening 'Aarti' in online mode.
He said it would help them to pay their obeisance while also avoiding travel and exposure.