NGT Says Entire Amarnath Not Declared as Silence Zone
New Delhi, Dec 14: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) clarified on Thursday that it has not declared Amarnath shrine a silence zone. The green panel said that the devotees will only have to maintain silence when they are in front of the ‘ShivaLinga’– the order is not applicable to any other part of the shrine. The restriction will not be applicable during ‘aarti’ and other rituals.
The green panel headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar said that pilgrims will be allowed to carry their belongings till only 30-40 steps to the cave. It also said that a proper queue will be maintained.
The green tribunal had declared the cave shrine a silence zone on Wednesday. It had also prohibited religious offerings beyond the entry point. The panel had earlier said that the move was necessary to prevent avalanches.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad had protested the declaration of the NGT, calling it a “Tughlaki fatwa.” It had said that only Hindus were not responsible for environmental problems of the earth.
Amarnath is one of the holiest shrines for the followers of Hinduism. The shine is located in the Himalayas and is frequented by thousands of pilgrims every year. The shrine remains covered in snow the entire year. It is opened for devotees for a brief time.