Amarnath Yatra begins, day 1 today: 4800 pilgrims leave; 120 langars were set up for the people to eat

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Jammu/Baltal8 minutes ago

The Amarnath Yatra started from Baltal and Pahalgam on Thursday morning with Vedic chants and Har Har Mahadev cheers. There are 4,890 devotees in the first batch. All of them had left for here from Jammu base camp on Wednesday morning and reached late in the night.

Special arrangements have been made here for the devotees. Langar committees are the busiest. His workers are cleaning vegetables in icy water and on the other hand the cook is preparing it and serving it to the devotees.

Food for one lakh people every day
All these langars will cook food for one lakh people every day. Devotees, security forces personnel as well as administration employees also eat food in these langars. In this way, this travel route turns into the country’s largest collective kitchen. Ration and LPG cylinders have been stored on a large scale at the base camp to keep the stove running for 24 hours.

This time fast food and fried food will not be available in langar
Rajkumar Kavi, who came from Jalandhar to anchor, told that the crowd has started from Wednesday evening itself and it will increase with each passing day. He said- ‘I have been anchoring here for 23 years. Excited to be back here after two years and feel blessed. We came here on June 16 and it rained heavily for three days. In such a situation, a lot of hard work had to be done in setting up the infrastructure of the langar.

Rajkumar has brought 7 trucks of essential commodities to run his Bhandara for the next one and a half months. They have a team of 50 people with them. Regarding the strict guidelines of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, Rajkumar said that this year he had to change everything. Earlier we used to serve a lot of dishes, but this year there is a ban on all fried items and fast food. Although, we are disappointed, but it is good for the pilgrims. We are making dal-rice, dal-roti, roomali-roti, tandoori-roti, lentil dishes and green vegetables.

Devotees having langar queues and having food at Baltal camp.

Devotees having langar queues and having food at Baltal camp.

Rajendrar Singh Samant of Shiv-Parvati Seva Dal (Chandigarh) has anchored in Domel here for the 16th year. He says- ‘This time the facilities are much better here. Water, electricity and mobile signals are running. New roads have also been built, they have also been widened. Street lights have been installed on the entire route for the convenience of the devotees.

Safai Karamcharis will work on the travel route in three shifts
Some langar committees have also brought autorickshaws this time for the convenience of the pilgrims. Saving this environmentally sensitive area is a big challenge for the Shrine Board. NS Jamwal, director of Baltal Base Cap, says that in three shifts, the cleaning workers will continue to work on the travel route. 21 stationary and 700 mobile toilets have been built on the route. 200 dustbins have been placed between Baltal and Domel. Solid and wet waste will be disposed of. For this 350 employees have been deployed.

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