Pilgrim Must Keep Silence While Standing In Front Of Amarnath Shivling, No Restriction On Daily Aartis, Other Rituals: Clarifies NGT .

A day after media reports about the National Green Tribunal banning chanting of mantras and jayakaras in Amarnath, the Tribunal on Thursday clarified that it is only while standing in front of the Amarnath Ji Maha Shivling – a natural formation in the cave — that a devotee shall maintain silence, barring during aartis, and that its order is to ensure there are no adverse impacts of noise, heat, vibrations etc. upon the Amarnath Ji Maha Shivling, so that the pilgrims coming in the later part of ‘Shivling’.

“Tribunal vide its order dated 13th December, 2017 has neither intended nor actually declared the entire area falling under the Amarnath Ji Shrine Board as a Silence Zone,” the bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar clarified on Thursday.

It expressly stated that the restriction on chanting of mantras etc at the cave is not applicable during daily aartis.