Srinagar: The annual Amarnath Yatra (Amarnath Yatra 2017) will commence on June 29th and it will last for 40 days, this decision was taken at a meeting of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board on Monday.
The meeting was chaired by Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, who is also chairman of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board that is responsible for the conduct of the annual Himalayan pilgrimage devoted to Lord Shiva.
The duration of the yatra has been decided in view of the security and safety of the pilgrims.
The Board decided that a 40 day Yatra would commence on 29th June 2017, an auspicious day of Skandshasthi as per Hindu Calendar and conclude on Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan) on 7th August 2017.
The Board directed that the CEO should arrange a special Pooja at Chandanwari on the day of Jyesth Purnima, which falls on 9th June this year, to invoke the blessings of Lord Shiva for the smooth and safe conduct of the pilgrimage.
The Board deliberated at length in regard to the number of Yatris who would be allowed to register, date-wise and route-wise, for this year’s Yatra.
Considering the carrying capacity of the existing tracks and other available infrastructure in the Yatra area, the Board decided that 7,500 Yatris, per day for each of the two routes, excluding Yatris who would travel by helicopters, would be allowed to register for the pilgrimage.
The Board noted the steps taken by the CEO for the Registration of pilgrims through 433 designated branches of Punjab National Bank, Jammu and Kashmir Bank and YES Bank which are located in 32 States and UTs and directed him to take all required steps to commence Advance Registration of pilgrims with effect from 1st March, 2017.