Amarnath Yatra 2024: Pilgrimage Registrations Commence Amid Enhanced Facilities


New Delhi: The annual spiritual journey to the revered Amarnath Temple, affectionately known as Baba Barfani’s abode, has commenced with the opening of registrations for the Amarnath Yatra 2024. Devotees eagerly anticipating the sacred pilgrimage can now mark their calendars for the period between June 29th and August 19th, as announced by the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB).

The Sacred Abode of Baba Barfani

Nestled amidst the snowy peaks of the Himalayas, the Amarnath Temple stands as a testament to Hindu devotion and mythology. Known as the gateway to Baba Barfani, this temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths, revered sites where fragments of Goddess Sati are believed to have fallen. The temple’s legendary significance stems from the belief that it was here Lord Shiva divulged the secrets of life and immortality to Goddess Parvati. The temple, shrouded in snow for most of the year, can be reached via two routes: the traditional 48-kilometer Nunwan-Pahalgam path in Anantnag district and the shorter 14-kilometer Baltal route in Ganderbal district.

The Majestic Amarnath Cave

Perched at an altitude of 3,888 meters above sea level in the Kashmir region, the Amarnath Temple is a cave sanctuary where the naturally formed ice lingam of Baba Barfani ebbs and flows with the lunar cycle. This enigmatic ice formation is venerated by devotees as a symbol of Lord Shiva’s divine essence. The pilgrimage to this hallowed cave is a challenging endeavor, with Hindu pilgrims often relying on the assistance of local Muslim horsemen to complete their spiritual quests.

Embarking on the Journey

Prospective pilgrims can initiate their registration process by visiting the official SASB website at Eligibility criteria for the yatra include:

  1. Age restrictions: Individuals below 13 years or above 70 years, as well as pregnant women, are not permitted to undertake the journey.
  2. Registration operates on a first-come, first-served basis.
  3. A medical certificate from a Gazetted Medical Officer, issued on or after April 8th, 2024, is required.
  4. Online registration can be completed using an Aadhar card or a government-issued identity card.
  5. The registration fee for the Amarnath Yatra is set at Rs 150.
  6. A list of authorized medical institutions for obtaining the medical certificate is available on the website.
  7. Pilgrims must acquire RFID cards from designated centers before embarking on the yatra, which are mandatory for the journey.

Connectivity and Accommodations

To ensure a seamless experience for the yatris, the SASB has made provisions for 5G network coverage and round-the-clock electricity. A total of 10 mobile towers have been installed to facilitate communication. Additionally, accommodations for travelers have been expanded, with rapid construction underway in Srinagar and the routes from Pahalgam and Baltal to the cave being broadened for better accessibility.

Amarnath Yatra concludes

Travel Essentials

Pilgrims are advised to prepare adequately for the yatra by packing essentials such as warm clothing, an umbrella, a torch, waterproof trekking shoes, and a raincoat to navigate the unpredictable weather conditions during the pilgrimage.

With these enhanced facilities and the spiritual allure of the Amarnath Temple, the Amarnath Yatra 2024 promises to be a journey of faith and devotion for the countless devotees embarking on this sacred trek.