Amarnath Yatra: Unfazed by looming terror risk, lots of of pilgrims arrive in Jammu

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Pilgrims arrive at Bhagwati Nagar base camp, forward of the graduation of the Amarnath Yatra 2022, in Jammu, Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Chants of “Bam Bam Bhole” and “Jai Barfani Baba ki” rented the air as lots of of enthusiastic pilgrims unperturbed by the looming terror risk arrived on the Bhagwati Nagar base camp right here amid tight safety on Tuesday to set out on a journey to cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas on Wednesday.

The devotees stated their unflinching religion in Lord Shiva and the safety forces have inspired them to be a part of the annual Amarnath Yatra that’s being organised this 12 months after a spot of two years on account of the Covid pandemic. The primary batch of pilgrims will go away the Jammu base camp on Wednesday, officers stated.

Multi-tier safety has been put in place in and across the base camp, lodging centres, and registration and token centres amid the deployment of over 5,000 safety personnel in Jammu metropolis, the officers stated.

“Na chinta na bhay, Baba Amarnath ji kee jai (Neither fear nor concern, as Baba Amarnath Ji with us),” stated Vinay Kumar, who was a part of a 12-member group from Lucknow arrived right here for his onward journey to cave shrine of Amarnath within the first batch on Wednesday. Lauding the authorities for the “absolute best preparations”, Kumar, stated, “Now we have full religion in Lord Shiva and our safety forces”.

The group members have accomplished their registration and acquired tokens from Vaishnavi Dham close to the railway station for his or her journey to the cave shrine within the first batch. “Services are excellent and the registration course of can also be easy. We’re very pleased with the preparations,” Kumar stated.

A Bengaluru resident, Upmita, who’s right here with seven different members of her household, stated their concern disappeared quickly after reaching the bottom camp. Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) is pulling out all of the stops to make sure a easy pilgrimage, scheduled to start on June 30 from Kashmir, to the holy cave shrine housing the naturally fashioned ice-lingam in south Kashmir Himalayas.

Over 3,000 pilgrims have arrived in Jammu and have been housed in base camp and varied lodging centres, the officers stated, including that about 400 ‘sadhus’ have additionally arrived in Ram Mandir camp for the yatra. The primary batch of pilgrims, together with sadhus, will go away for the dual base camps of Kashmir a day forward of the official graduation of the yatra which is able to culminate, in keeping with custom, on the day of ‘Raksha Bandhan’ pageant on August 11.

The yatra will begin on June 30 from twin routes – conventional 48-km Nunwan in south Kashmir’s Pahalgam and the 14-km shorter Baltal in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal. The scene in and across the base camp, lodging centres, registration and token counters was upbeat on Tuesday.

“Now we have been paying obeisance on the cave shrine usually for the previous 15 years. This 12 months too, I’m going to hunt peace and prosperity for mankind,” stated Kartikeswar Ram, who hails from South India. “Brotherhood and communal concord should be maintained in any respect prices to make this earth a greater place to reside in. This yatra is known for communal concord,” he stated.

On Monday, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha reviewed preparations for Amarnath Yatra by endeavor a go to to basecamp right here and stated the safety forces are alert to make sure a easy pilgrimage. Sinha additionally stated that the folks of the Union territory are enthusiastic to welcome the visiting pilgrims. A senior police officer stated that there was no want for the pilgrims to fret and folks have been welcome to hitch the pilgrimage. “We’re totally ready for the duty. We’ll guarantee the security of the pilgrims,” he stated.

Round three lakh pilgrims have registered to date for the annual Amarnath Yatra, the officers stated. The federal government, this 12 months, has launched a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system for pilgrims to trace their motion en route to make sure their well-being. “Enough safety has been put in place for the bottom camps and lodging locations within the Jammu metropolis. Safety is a significant problem,” Jammu Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Chandan Kohli stated. As many as 5,000 safety personnel have been deployed within the Jammu metropolis as a part of the multi-tier safety association for the Amarnath Yatra, he stated.

He stated that safety measures have additionally been put in place round 5 registration centres, three token centres, and 32 lodging centres. Pointing to main challenges, he stated there are new safety threats of sticky bombs, hybrid terrorists and IEDs dropped by drones. The SSP stated the safety set-up has been drawn for convoys of Amarnath autos and space domination measures alongside the highway by means of which yatra convoys will cross. Fast Response Groups (QRTs) have additionally been put in place, he stated. Over 3.42 lakh pilgrims had paid obeisance on the shrine, housing the naturally fashioned ice-shivlingam, from July 1 to August 1, 2019 earlier than the federal government cancelled the yatra halfway forward of the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of J&Okay into two Union territories (on August 5, 2019).

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