In a statement here today, Jai Paul said that Shivala Mandir is in its original form. He said “I have personally visited the Mandir and found it in its original condition as it existed and no damage has been cuased to it” and dispelled rumours regarding alleged damage to the Mandir as totally unfounded adding that those responsible for spreading such rumour shall be dealt with sternly.
Jai Paul said that situation in Anantnag had improved and Amarnath Yatra is going on peacefully with the cooperation of the local populace. He said that, though the Amarnath Yatra commenced officially from today, yet about 10, 000 yatris reached Pahalgam yesterday, a day earlier. He said about 5,000 yatris have left Pahalgam for darshan of the holy cave today.
Meanwhile, the locals of Hurra Mohalla, Anantnag have also described the rumours about damage to the Shivala Mandir as baseless. They said that there is complete religious harmony in the locality where the Mandir exists.
The first batch of pilgrims to Amarnath Ji Yatra comprising 4471 yatris left for darshan of the holy cave from traditional route of Pahalgam today. Besides, 7000 yatris left from Baltal route for darshan. The administration has made elaborate arrangements to ensure that yatris perform hassle free darshan at the holy cave shrine. The enthusiastic yatris have expressed satisfaction over the arrangements enroute holy cave. The two month long Amarnath Ji Yatra commenced from today with great religious fervour and gaiety.