Srinagar: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday visited holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas and paid obeisance and joined ‘Aarthi’ and ‘Puja’.
Mr Singh, who is on a two-day visit to Union Territories (UTs) of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir, reviewed overall law and order situation in the hinterland and Line of Actual Control (LAC) and Line of Control (LoC).
The Defence Minister, accompanied by Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Naravane Singh, arrived here from Ladakh yesterday.
This morning, the Defence Minister was taken in a helicopter to holy cave where pujan was organised which was also joined by CDS and COAS and other officers.
Early this month, Governor G C Murmu and other senior officers besides Director General of Police (DGP) paid obeisance at the holy cave.
So far, the Shri Amarnath Shrine Shrine Board (SASB) has not announced fresh dates for the annual ‘Yatra’ to holy cave. The “Yatra” was to start in the first week of June. However, due to COVID-19 pandemic, the pilgrimage was suspended. Custodian of the holy Chhari Mubarak(Silver mace of Lord Shiva) Deependra Giri has also urged government to allow pilgrimage only if there is no spike in the coronavirus cases in the state. However, he has asked government to make alternative arrangement for performing traditional rituals associated with the “Yatra” and final “Puja” on August 3, the Rakshabandan day. The “Yatra” was cut short citing militant threat last year when Centre scrapped Article 370 and divided the Jammu and Kashmir into two UTs.