Shrine Board, sadhus spar over Amarnath pilgrimage schedule
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 21:52
Jammu: Notwithstanding the Amarnath shrine board's decision to commence the annual pilgrimage to the holy cave from June 29, a group of sadhus today announced that they will embark on the yatra from June 15.

"About 1000 sadhus and mahatmas shall participate in this annunal pilgrimage and will lead the first batch of Amarnath Yatra along with the devotees from all across India on June 15 this year," head of sadhus at Ranbishwar Temple Mahant Rameshwar Dass told reporters here.

He supported the Baba Amarnath Yatri Niyas (BAYN)-- a little known amalgam ostensibly backed by VHP and Bajrang Dal-- which has announced that it will commence Amarnath pilgrimage from June 15 instead of June 29.

"We will support and start the yatra as per the decision taken by Niyas," Dass said and lashed out at Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) for failing to start the yatra from June 15.

The Board has made it clear that inclement weather was the factor behind cutting short by two weeks the two-month yatra which traditionally begins on June 15.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a Board member, had yesterday asked people not to be swayed by baseless rumours that the annual yatra to the popular cave shrine was curtailed by a fortnight due to pressure from some groups.


First Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 21:52

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