I would like to clarify to the Shiva Bhaktas who are eager to go to the Sri Amarnath Yatra that we sincerely wanted to keep the yatra from Jyeshta Purnima onwards. There was no pressure from any individual or organization on us. It was purely a logistical challenge to ensure the safety of the Yatris. A sub-committee was established which includes Swami Avdheshanandji of Juna Peethadheeshwar and Swami Gyananand ji.
We had a detailed discussion in which the State Government and the Army presented the weather conditions and the time it takes to clear the path. Only after taking serious consideration of logistics, weather conditions and the preparedness to host thousands of yatris was it decided to commence the yatra towards the end of June, this year.
As of today, there is 5 -10 feet of uncleared snow. We cannot risk the lives of thousands of people without any infrastructure. We want the yatra to be safe and comfortable for people. Better toilet and medical facilities are being planned for this year. Even on Jyestha Purnima day, the symbolic puja could not be held in the cave due to the snow. It was done in Chandanwari glacier.