COVID-19: Aarti From Baba Amarnath Cave Live-Streamed Virtually Due To Pandemic

The broadcast was live on state-owned Doordarshan Bharti from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and on Doordarshan National from 5.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Jessica David

July 7, 2020

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The aarti at Amarnath cave was live-streamed from the Himalayas to the pilgrims for the first time ever in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic that led to the enforcement of several restrictions on the Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage this year. Special arrangements were made by the Amarnath Shrine Board on Sunday (July 5) for the live telecast of the aarti and darshan of the deity. The broadcast was live on state-owned Doordarshan Bharti from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and on Doordarshan National from 5.30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jammu-Kashmir Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu performed the ‘Pratham Aarti’ of the Lord Amarnath in South Kashmir on Ashaad Purnima on Sunday morning.

Later this month, the pilgrimage is likely to begin from the Baltal track for two weeks. Only 500 pilgrims have been allowed per day by road to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath. The decision was made by the Jammu and Kashmir administration. Chief Secretary BVR  Subrahmanyam observed that in the view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Executive Committee constituted under the Disaster Management Act has issued guidelines.

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