'No 'mantras', 'Jaykaras', 'chanting' in holy Amarnath shrine,' says NGT

New Delhi, Dec 13: NGT directs Shrine board that there should be no chanting of 'mantras' or 'jaykaras' in Amarnath. NGT also directs that from the last check post there should be single line of people walking towards the cave.

NGT o Amarnath Shrine Board: There should be no ringing of bells. No mobiles or belongings to be carried beyond last check post. Shrine board must consider making a store room where people can keep their belongings

The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday banned the chanting of mantras at Amarnath temple and issued a slew of orders to be implemented by the Amarnath Shrine Board, news agency ANI reports. 

The directions come after the green court rapped the Amarnath Shrine Board last month for failing to provide adequate infrastructure facilities to pilgrims and asked it to submit a status report on the same in the first week of December.

On Wednesday, an NGT bench headed by chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said there should be no ringing of bells in the cave temple, situated at an altitude of 3,888 metres in J&K, and pilgrims would have to deposit all mobiles and belongings at the last check post. 

The tribunal asked the shrine authorities to consider buiding a separate room where people could keep their belongings.Moreover, the NGT said there should no chanting of 'mantras' or 'jaykaras' in Amarnath and asked the board for strict implementation of its orders. 

The tribunal also said there should be a single queue of people walking towards the main cave from the last check post.