In what may leave the pilgrims infuriated, the National Green Tribunal on Wednesday banned the chanting of mantras at the Amarnath temple, along with a slew of other orders to be implemented by the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB).
The green court’s order comes after it wrapped the temple board last month for failing to provide adequate infrastructure facilities to pilgrims, and had directed it submit a status report on the same in the first week of December.
As per the orders by an NGT bench headed by chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, there should be no ringing of bells in the cave temple. Moreover, devotees cannot chant mantras or ‘jaykaras’ in the Amarnath cave.
Also, they cannot carry their mobile phones or belongings beyond the last check post. The tribunal has asked the shrine authorities to consider building a separate room where people could keep their belongings.
Directing the board for strict implementation of its orders, the tribunal also said that there should be a single queue of devotees walking towards the main cave from the last check post.
The orders by the NGT have invited strong criticism from Twitterati who have termed the green court’s move as 'insensitive'.
Mantras cause Landslide? Mantras uproot Trees? #NGT Justice Swatanter Kumar what are you high on. Mind u the walk to the shrine is a long one and Mantras give the devotees reqd energy & motivation. This is a directive against Hindu faith @narendramodi @rajnathsingh @BJP4India.— Varadraj (@varadadya) December 13, 2017
Now it's a limit of intolerance, now they restricted chanting bell at amarnath, every Hindu who have faith in Lord shiva come out and protest against shrine board J&K— focus 2019 (@Mukesh62301688) December 13, 2017
NGT is being insensitive and provocative. surely they know they are hurting the believers but they wont protest beyond a point. not good. need intervention.— shilpi tewari (@shilpitewari) December 13, 2017
what the hell, no chants or mantras at religious place so what should be done?— Nitin Singla (@connect2_nitin) December 13, 2017