National Green Tribunal (NGT) has clarified that it is not declaring Amarnath a 'silent zone' and devotees have to maintain silence only in front of the idol.
Yesterday, the NGT declared it a 'silent zone' and prohibited religious offerings beyond the entry point.
Reiterating its yesterday's order, the Tribunal asked the devotees to maintain a single file from the base camp leading up to the shrine.
It also clarified that its order was meant to preserve the sanctity of the shrine by minimizing damage caused to it by 'adverse noise'.
"These directions are to maintain sanctity of the cave and to ensure no adverse noise impact on shivling. Silence restrictions will not apply on Arti and other rituals", it said.
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