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Amarnath yatra: Registration crosses 13000 mark

Over 13000 pilgrims have so far registered themselves for the annual pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir.



Jammu: Over 13000 pilgrims have so far
registered themselves for the annual pilgrimage to the holy
cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir.

The Shri Amarnath Shrine Board began the registration
process yesterday for the yatra which will commence on June 29
and culminate on August 13.
"The registration counters have been set up at 121
designated branches of the J&K Bank, 24 of the YES Bank and
four of the District Cooperative Banks," an SASB spokesman
said.

"The e-registration system is also operational," he
said.

Over 13000 devotees from across the country have so
far registered themselves for the annual pilgrimage, J&K Bank
officials said.
The Shrine Board, at its meeting on February 18 this
year, has curtailed the period of the annual pilgrimage by 15
days.

The yatra will commence simultaneously from Baltal
and Chandanwari routes on June 29 and culminate on August 13.

Traditionally, the yatra used to run for two months
beginning June 15.

There has been no increase in the fee of Rs 15 for
registration either through the counters or the internet, the
spokesman said.

Opposing curtailment of the yatra, the Baba Amarnath
Yatri Niyas (BAYN), an amalgam of some 30 religious, social
and trade organisations, has vowed to commence the pilgrimage
on June 15.

The VHP has also threatened to start the yatra from
June 15.

The SASB has defended its decision saying the step
was taken to ensure safe and smooth conduct of the arduous
pilgrimage.

PTI

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