NGT bans chanting of mantras, ringing of bells at Amarnath temple

In what has left pilgrims infuriated, the National Green Tribunal on Wednesday directed the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) that there should be no chanting of ‘mantras‘ or ‘jaykaras‘ in Amarnath.

An NGT bench headed by chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also directed that pilgrims would have to deposit all mobiles and belongings at the last check post. From there, there should be a single queue of people walking towards the cave, said the NGT.

The bench also said that there should be no ringing of bells in the cave temple.

The NGT has said that the move is aimed at preserving ecology and preventing landslides.

However, Twitterati have called the NGT’s move as “insensitive”

The NGT had in November suggested that the area around the Amarnath Shrine cave should be declared a “silence zone” to prevent avalanches and asked to put a stop to throwing food offerings and coconuts near and inside the cave.

Source: Times Now