Bajrang Dal revives Budha Amarnath Yatra
The Amarnath Yatra is considered incomplete without undertaking the pilgrimage to Budha Amarnath, about 240 km from Jammu. But following threats from terrorists, the pilgrimage to this ancient shrine had almost been dead for the last few years. The Bajrang Dal activists have now revived the pilgrimage this year. Over 8,000 Bajrang Dal activists conducted the pilgrimage to Budha Amarnath from August 5 to 13. By undertaking the pilgrimage, the Bajrang Dal activists have not only accepted the challenge to national security, but also have given a befitting reply to the terrorists who were adamant not allow the Yatra.
Situated within the beautiful natural boundaries at the heights of about 4,500 ft, Budha Amarnath assumes significance for the Shiv worshippers since ancient times. The army personnel, deployed in the region, too have very much faith in the God. Every year thousands of people participate in the Chhari Yatra that begins from Dashnami Akhara, Jammu, to the temple. But this year the Bajrang Dal has made it a national pilgrimage as youth from different parts of the country participated in the Yatra. The Bajrang Dal activists performed the Yatra through the highly terrorism-affected areas of Poonchh, Akhnoor, Rajauri, Manjakote, Surankote and Bimber. Not only the security forces, but also the local people in large number welcomed the pilgrims. Welcome in Poonchh was so overwhelming that the whole city appeared to be welcoming the pilgrims. The local people thanked the Bajrang Dal for reviving the Yatra and urged them to continue it every year. The first batch of the pilgrims started proceeding on August 5 under the security of DSP Sanjay Raina. Senior Bajrang Dal activists were stationed at three prominent places to monitor the whole pilgramge. Shri Prakash Sharma, national convenor, Shri Milind Parande, co-covenor, were in Jammu. Shri Ravidev Anand, co-convenor, was in Rajauri while Shri Tapan Ghosh and Shri Dhananjay Pathak, both Kshetra Sanyojak, were in Poonchh.