STATE TIMES NEWSBhadarwah: The annual Nag pilgrimage of the holy Kailash Yatra 2020 to high altitude (14,700 ft above sea level) Himalayan Lake (Kailash Kund) has been cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The 10-day-long yatra had already been decided to be cut short to 3 days with only Chhadi (holy Mace) will be allowed travelling only from traditional Hayan route.The 10-day Yatra was scheduled to commence from the twin tracks of Chattargala and Hayan in Jammu and Kashmir’s additional district Bhadarwah on August 8 but was delayed due to the outbreak of the pandemic.Rakesh Kumar ADC Bhadarwah said that based upon the circumstances and SOPs (standard operating procedures), administration in consultation with Kailash Sewa Sangh, Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Dharmarth Trust and Vasuki Ananapurna Langar decided that it is not advisable to hold and conduct this year’s Kailash Yatra and expressed its regret to announce the cancellation of Yatra 2020.To keep the sentiments of people especially Nag devotees alive, we have decided to allow Charri (Holy Mace) with priests to perform the rituals en-route Kailash and Kund (Holly Lake). The traditional rituals shall be carried out as per past practice. Charri Mubarak shall be facilitated by the Government, which will start from Bhadarwah on 16th August and will reach Kailash Jund on 18th,” ADC added.The holy mace of serpent god, which will start from ancient Nag temple of Gatha and will be joined on the way by another Charri from Vaska Dera.The Kund is a big lake of cold and crystal clear water of 1.5 mile circumference and it is situated at the height of 14,700 feet from the sea level. According to the local belief, Kailash Kund was the original abode of Shiva, But Lord Shiva gave it to Vasuki Nag and himself went to live at Manmahesh in Bharmour(Himachal Pradesh).
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