Kashmir braces up to welcome Amarnath pilgrims

Kashmir braces up to welcome Amarnath pilgrims

Administration is gearing up for the forthcoming Amarnath Yatra, scheduled to commence next month. All the arrangements have been put at place to ensure that annual pilgrimage passes off peacefully and no untoward incident takes place.
Lakhs of pilgrims visit Amarnath cave shrine, nestled in southern Himalayas, every year. This time around also more than 3 lakh pilgrims have already got themselves registered and their number is likely to increase.
The government has pressed men and machinery into service to clear the tracks which lead to the holy cave so that the pilgrims don’t face any problems.
People of Kashmir have been hosting this pilgrimage for the past many decades and they have always gone out of way to help the pilgrims, who arrive here from different states. These pilgrims act as brand ambassadors for Kashmir and its people and do carry forward a message of peace, love and affection which they get in the Valley.
Amarnath pilgrims do also help in dispelling the notion that Kashmiris are hate mongers and stone-pelters, who need to be dealt with an iron fist. One hopes that the 45-day pilgrimage passes off peacefully and infuses new life into the ailing tourism sector of Kashmir. The tourism sector has fallen prey to the vicious propaganda and tirade launched by a section of a media against Kashmir and its people. Kashmiris have time and again proved these elements wrong and the forthcoming Amarnath Yatra is an opportunity for the people of Kashmir to counter this propaganda by proving it again that no one can beat them in hospitality.
We have to give due respect to our guests and have to facilitate their pilgrimage so that the extremists, who project Kashmiris in a bad light, are given a befitting reply.