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14-foot long Lingam formed at Amarnath


Mufti Islah,CNN-IBN
May 30, 2009 at 11:08am IST

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Srinagar: There is a good news for the Lord Shiva devotees this year. Though the Amarnath yatra has been pushed to mid June because of the heavy snowfall, but when the yatra will commence the devotees will get to see the 14 foot Lingam at the holy site.

After last year’s land row, which threatened to rip apart the state on religious and regional lines, the Amarnath journey will start fresh this year.

The authorities this time are ensuring the yatra would be a smooth affair but there are some noises already.

Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has objected to the extension of the yatra from two weeks to two months.

Heavy snowfall in the upper reaches has already forced the postponement of the yatra to June 15 but efforts have been redoubled to clear the path, before pilgrims arrive.

The Shri Amarnath Shrine Board has also installed a nine feet grill to protect the naturally formed Lingam.

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