Following the protests over its decision to restrict the enchanting of mantras and jaykaras near the Amarnath shrine, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday, December 14 issued a clarification that it instructed the devotees to remain silent only in front of the Shivling.
NGT said that the restrictions are not applicable to any other part of the shrine. The green panel also directed the devotees to maintain a single queue from the last checkpoint leading to the shrine.
As tweeted by ANI, the tribunal, in a statement, said:
NGT issues clarification on Amarnath matter, says its not declared silent zone. Only restriction that devotees will maintain silence in front of Shivling. Not applicable to any other part. One way queue will be maintained
— ANI (@ANI) December 14, 2017
NGT on Amarnath matter: 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
— ANI (@ANI) December 14, 2017
What NGT said before
The green tribunal on Wednesday, December 13 had declared the holy shrine a ‘silent zone’. The body restricted devotees from chanting mantras and carrying personal items including mobile phones beyond the last checkpoint to prevent avalanches and maintain the sanctity of the shrine.
In its order, the tribunal had directed the Amarnath Shrine Board to remove the iron grills in front of the Shivling so that the devotees could get a better view of the structure. It also ordered the board to construct a place where the pilgrims could keep their valuable items. However, the move was severely criticised by the people.
Meanwhile, Tweeps reacted hilariously to NGT’s clarification. While some said that NGT was against Hinduism, others were just left confused. Check out their reactions here:
Even this clarification doesn’t make any sense & NGT’s stand on Amarnath issue still remains REGRESSIVE. No earthquake would occur if devotees chant mantras.
— ASISH (@asishkumar208) December 14, 2017
Who is NGT to decide when should we chant Mantras,is the Question?
— Priya (@DP9JUNE) December 14, 2017
It’s time to bell the cat and the cat is NGT.
— Aswani Sharma (@aswani100) December 14, 2017
Can we breathe? Or will warm breath melt the ice? Shall we wear masks?
— savitri sreenivasan (@ssavitri115) December 14, 2017
NGT: No chanting of mantras, ringing bells in #Amarnath
Hindus: Holy shit!
— AlteЯ Ǝgo ツ (@_heisenbong_) December 14, 2017
I will chant Om namah shivay in front of all shivling
Who is NGT To stop me from doing this
— vikash sharma (@cavikash1905) December 14, 2017
Am I d only one who is confused about why NGT banned chanting mantras infront of Shivling and not aarti? https://t.co/TKxURSGsc7
— Attitude Wali Sweetu (@itssitu) December 14, 2017
“National Green Tribunal is like….
— Raman (@being_delhite) December 14, 2017
But they asked us to maintain silence at shivling? Why? We will chant bum bum bhole
— Dev (@Krishnalion100) December 14, 2017
Why silence in front of shivling also?? Can’t a devotee now sing glorious praises for god also??
— Manav Chawla (@manavchawla) December 14, 2017