Ahead of the start of the annual 43-day Amarnath pilgrimage, the administration of Jammu and Kashmir issued the do’s and don’ts for pilgrims, urging them to “take a morning walk every day and practice breathing exercises” to stay in shape at high altitudes.
While spelling out the precautionary measures, Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, Nitishwar Kumar said worshipers should take a morning walk, do breathing exercises, keep their clothes warm, their food and stay hydrated.
The Yatra is scheduled to start on June 30, 2022 and end on August 11, 2022 at Raksha Bandhan.
Nitishwar Kumar’s remarks came after more than 90 pilgrims lost their lives during the Char Dam Yatra in Uttarakhand since it started on May 3 this year, due to heart attack, motion sickness mountains and other reasons.
Speaking to ANI on Saturday, Nitishwar Kumar said, “Pilgrims who have done their registrations and are planning to do the same should do the morning or evening walk for almost 4-5 hours a day. It is a necessity to keep fit as one comes at a very high altitude.The sacred cave is at 12,700 feet while you have to traverse 14,000 or 15,000 feet on your way.Also practice deep breathing exercises as there are shortages oxygen at such altitudes.
Citing the occasional drop in temperature in the region during the rains, the principal secretary suggested that pilgrims wear warm clothes as a precaution.
“The temperature drops to almost 5 degrees when it rains during the yatra. So bring your warm clothes with you with that in mind. Bring a cane, jacket and food. Keep hydrated to avoid dehydration “, did he declare.
Notably, Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a recently chaired important meeting on the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir had discussed Amarnath Yatra among other issues.
In the meantime, the Center has requested the governments of Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Odisha to take urgent measures to ensure that the ongoing Kedarnath Yatra and the upcoming Amarnath Yatra and Rath Yatra are carried out in to ensure high levels of cleanliness.
In this regard, the Secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) Manoj Joshi has written to the Chief Secretaries of Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Odisha.
Notably, there are four holy shrines in Uttarakhand dedicated to Hindu gods and holy rivers of India. The four shrines are located in the Garhwal region. These are collectively referred to as “Char Dham of Uttarakhand”. In the Hindu religion, Char Dham Yatra holds great significance and sacredness. It is believed that every Hindu should undertake Char Dham Yatra at least once in their lifetime to benefit from the blessings of the gods that adorn the shrines. Haridwar is the traditional starting point of the Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand. Badrinath Yatra started on May 8, 2022 and Kedarnath Yatra on May 6, 2022.
Amarnath Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir is scheduled to start on June 30, 2022 and end on August 11, 2022. Jagannath Rath Yatra in Odisha is scheduled to start on July 1.
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