Amarnath Yatra: Specially abled Jaipur man never missed pilgrimage for last 12 years

Ganderbal: While the annual Amarnath Yatra has commenced with fervour and enthusiasm, a man from Jaipur, who lost both his legs in an accident over two decades ago, is among the devotees paying obeisance at the holy cave for the 12th time this year.

The man, despite his disability, has not missed a pilgrimage in the last decade as he continues to visit the holy cave shrine to pray for the wellbeing of people.

Speaking with KNO Anand Singh, a devout Lord Shiva devotee from Jaipur, said he has been undertaking the annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath Shrine for the past 12 years.

The annual Amarnath Yatra commenced last Saturday with the initial batch of over 4,600 pilgrims proceeding to the holy cave from the base camp in the Kashmir valley.

Anand undertook the annual pilgrimage to the holy Amarnath Cave this year as well. Using dandies (Palki) for more than half of the journey, he remains eager to seek blessings from Baba Barfani by glimpsing the Sivalingam.

Singh said, “I lost both my legs in an accident 22 years ago. I have been coming regularly to Yatra since 2010. I didn’t pay obeisance in 2013 due to Kedarnath floods and also during the Coronavirus pandemic. This is my 12th Amarnath Yatra. I am very attached to Baba. I don’t go on foot. I visit the ‘Darbar’ on ‘Palki’. Using dandies (Palki) for more than half of the journey, he remains eager to seek blessings from Baba Barfani by glimpsing the Sivalingam.”

“I lost both my legs in an accident 22 years ago. I have been coming regularly to Yatra since 2010. I didn’t pay obeisance in 2013 due to Kedarnath floods and also during the Coronavirus pandemic. This is my 12th Amarnath Yatra. I am very attached to Baba. I don’t go on foot. I visit the ‘Darbar’ on ‘Palki’. I wait for the Yatra. I wish for everyone’s happiness. I like my life. I don’t consider myself differently-abled,” he added.

The Amarnath Yatra is a significant cultural event uniting people from diverse backgrounds.  According to Hindus, the Amarnath cave is where Lord Shiva imparted the secrets of life and eternity to Goddess Parvati.

The naturally formed ice lingam inside the cave is revered as a manifestation of Shiva.

Meanwhile, over 28,000 pilgrims drawn from different parts of the country visited the holy Amarnath cave shrine during the first two days of the pilgrimage, which started from the twin tracks of Baltal and Nunwan-Pahalgam on Saturday.

A total of 28,534 pilgrims performed darshan at the cave shrine while a fresh batch of 6,461 pilgrims left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas base camp in Jammu to perform the pilgrimage.

 

Meanwhile, a fresh batch of 6,461 yatris left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu in the wee hours on Monday. These included 4831 men, 1223 women, 14 children, 332 Sadhus (male) and 61 Sadus (females).

Of these, 2,321 pilgrims left for Baltal at 4:10 am and 4,140 started their journey an hour later for Pahalgam base camp. All these pilgrims reached their respective base camps in the evening where from they will leave towards the holy cave early tomorrow morning—(KNO)

 

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