Amarnath Yatra 2017 starts today: Do you know the history of Amarnath?

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Amarnath Yatra starts today amid tight security

According to reports, Amartnath Yatra will begin from today with the highest –ever multi –tier security set –up as intelligence has warned a terrorist attack. Militants are planning to target 100 policemen and as many as pilgrims participating in Amarnath Yatra, as per reports.

What is Amarnath Yatra?

Amarnath Yatra is held every year. The 40 –day – long annual pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir. Notably, this year’s yatra will be eight days shorter against the last years 48 days and will conclude on Shravan Purnima ( Raksha Bandhan) 7 August.

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Amarnath is situated in a narrow gorge at the father end of Lidder Valley. It shrine stands at 3,888 metres , 46 Km from Pahalgam and 14 kilometres from Baltal.

Security Preparations

The government has mobilized a heavy security blanket of over 35,000 and 40,000 troops including the police, the Army, the BSF and the CRPF. Notably, a copy of the letter sent to the 15 corps Headquarters, Srinagar got leaked and went viral on the social media.

History of Amarnath Cave

Amarnath cave is one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism. Thousands of Hindu devotees every year visit Amarnath to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva. It is believed this cave was discovered by a shepherd in 15th century. The temple is a popular yatra destination for Hindus. According to data, it received about 634,000 people, the highest devotees so far.

The beginning of the annual Pilgrimage, called Amarnath Yatra is marked by Pratham Puja to invoke blessings of lord Amarnath.

The yatra faced a lot of problems in 90s. It was completely banned from 1990 – 1995 due to threats of terrorism. It was started again after four years.

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