Srinagar, July 20, 2014 (PPI-OT): Renowned Hindu religious scholar and social activist Swami Agnivesh blaming the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) for minting money and exploiting sentiments of millions of Hindus by conducting the annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir has demanded an end to the Yatra once and for all.
Media reports quoting Agnivesh as saying, “Shivlingam formed inside the Amarnath cave is a natural phenomenon. It is surprising why people go with such a craze to see this ice formation in the cave. The formation is geographical phenomena which is called stalactite, a type of formation that hangs from the ceiling of caves, hot springs, or manmade structures such as bridges and mines. The ‘Shivlingam’ like structures are common in European countries, and I have myself observed such structures in Austria and Switzerland.
“It is only the blind faith and the widespread propagation about the cave that attracts number of yatris towards it,”Agnivesh said and added it was “sheer luck” of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) that it was still able to mint money for conducting Yatra “which needs to wound up once and for all.”
“Each year we lose precious lives due to this Yatra which has become a money minting tool for SASB. Let me make it clear that there is nothing in those mountains and cave. People should not put their lives in danger by visiting there,” Agnivesh said.
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