Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Asks 2018 Amarnath Yatra Pilgrims to Postpone Pilgrimage Till Next Year
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar advises Amarnath pilgrims to postpone their yatra to next year | (Photo credits: PTI)

New Delhi, July 11: Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has asked the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims to postpone their holy pilgrimage amid tragedies occurring due to bad weather. In one of his tweets,  Sri Sri, who is also a member of Amarnath Shrine Board, has advised the pilgrims to  postpone their yatra until next year.

An official spokesperson said, "Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has issued an advisory for the benefit of pilgrims to postpone their Amarnath Yatra to next year in the wake of recent tragedies. Heavy rains and landslides have disrupted both the routes which take devotees to the holy cave and thus marred the Yatra."

The spokesperson further added that despite efforts made by the yatra organisers, Army jawans and others, it will take time to improve the condition of roads as heavy rains have completely washed two routes. Besides this, the pilgrims who are already on their way for the pilgrimage are facing extreme difficulties, therefore, devotees who are planning to visit the holy shrine should reconsider their decision, he suggested.

As per the reports, so far 13,767 devotees have visited the shrine of Lord Shiva, which is annually opened for pilgrims only in the time of monsoon. This year's Amarnath Yatra started on June 28 and will end on August 26 coinciding with the 'Shravan Purnima' festival.