You must have heard about the famous, biggest and toughest pilgrimage destination of India, i.e. the Amarnath Cave Yatra. The cave is situated at a height of 12,756 ft. from sea level and remains covered with heavy snow all the time except few days in the summer season. The holy ‘lingam’ of Lord Shiva is formed every year inside the cave which is believed to grow and shrink as per different phases of the moon during the summer season. Basically, the holy Yatra of Amarnath cave starts during the ‘Shravan Month of Hindu Calendar’ i.e. July-August and remains open for around 30-45 days. Amarnath Yatra 2020 will begin this year just like every year, after the start of ‘Pratham Pujan’ for invoking the blessings of Lord Shiva. If you are keen to be a part of this holy Amarnath Yatra 2020, here are some must-know tips and facts about the holiest shrine visit.
Official Opening Date of Amarnath Yatra 2020
Last year in 2019, the Amarnath Yatra began on 1st July 2019 and the last day of darshan was 15th August 2019. As per Hindu calendar, every year the Yatra is conducted between Guru Purnima and Shravan Purnima. This year, the Amarnath Yatra 2020 will begin from 29th June 2020 and will be continued till 3rd August 2020. Over 4 lakh pilgrims will be accommodated in the 36 day holy Yatra. A total of 15000 pilgrims will be allowed each day for Amarnath Yatra 2020, which will be divided by 7500 each on two routes.
How to Reach Amarnath Cave?
There are two Amarnath Yatra 2020 routes that a pilgrim can pick to reach the holy cave, i.e. Baltal and Pahalgam. Out of these two, Baltal is the shortest route but the steepest one as it’s difficult to climb. Both the routes are very arduous and tough to travel. Therefore, a pilgrim must be physically fit and mentally prepared to complete the Amarnath Yatra 2020 journey. Let’s know each of the routes in detail –
Amarnath Yatra 2020 from Baltal
Baltal route is the most admired and the shortest route to reach the holy shrine. The total distance from Baltal checkpoint to the holy Amarnath cave is 14 km. Pilgrims can only walk to reach the cave, and no ponies are allowed. Normally, the time taken to complete the Baltal route Amarnath Yatra 2020 trek is 1-2 days. People who are young, energetic and seeking some adventures in between a religious trip are advised to take the Baltal route.
Amarnath Yatra 2020 from Pahalgam
Most of the pilgrims prefer the Pahalgam route to conclude their Amarnath Yatra due to numerous sightseeing stops in between. The total distance of Pahalgam checkpoint to the Amarnath cave is 47 km. It takes about 4-5 days to complete one side trek. A pilgrimage starting his journey from Pahalgam will go through Chandanwari, Pissu Top, Sheshnag, and Panjtarni. People who are aged or have a past history of illness are suggested to take the Pahalgam route.
Facilities at Amarnath Yatra 2020
Both the routes for Amarnath Yatra 2020 have the best possible facilities provided not only by the Indian Army, Central Government or State Government Police Forces, but also by the NGO’s and many private companies or persons. Pilgrims can avail free benefits of high quality and hygienic food stalls as well as resting camps. As the holy Yatra is conducted by Shri Amarnath Yatra Trust, this governing body also furnishes with facilities such as continuous power supply, firewood, telecommunication, medical support etc. Pilgrims who are not in the condition to walk can also avail the facilities of Helicopter Service in Amarnath Yatra 2020.
Safety for Amarnath Yatra 2020
To maintain safety in Amarnath Yatra 2020, a pilgrim needs to go through a compulsory health check-up so that no life loss or health loss occurs in case of extreme dangerous weather conditions or natural disaster. Children who are below 13 years of age and elderly aged above 75 years of age are not allowed to take the journey of Amarnath. Women who are more than 6 weeks pregnant are also not permitted for their health safety reasons.
Getting Registered for Amarnath Yatra 2020
A pilgrim needs to have a valid Yatra permit to proceed with the trek to the cave. To get a valid permit of Amarnath Yatra 2020, pilgrims can go for the registration process which will begin from the second week of March 2020. The issue of Yatra permit is given on first-come-first-serve basis. You must also obtain a compulsory health certificate issued by authorised doctors/medical institutions as per the official instructions laid down by Shri Amarnath Shrine Board. You must carry essential documents during the Yatra such as Voter ID, Passport, and Driving License etc. for verification process. To register for Amarnath Yatra 2020, you can either get the application form free of cost from various government banks or you can fill it online from http://www.shriamarnathjishrine.com/.
The Amarnath Yatra is prominent for the natural formation of Shiva Linga from the snow. To experience this sacred happening within the holy cave of Amarnath, people from all over the world visit the holy shrine. If you are all set to take the magnanimous blessings of Lord Shiva in Amarnath Yatra 2020, we wish you a safe and happy holy journey.
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