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Amarnath Yatra halted due to bad weather, Pahalgam and Baltal routes closed

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Srinagar:  Amarnath Yatra was halted on Friday from both the south Kashmir Pahalgam and north Kashmir Baltal routes in Jammu and Kashmir due to bad weather.

“It is raining heavily around the cave shrine and all along the mountain track both from the Baltal base camp and the Pahalgam base camp since early morning. For the safety of the Yatris we have halted the Yatra from the two base camps towards the cave shrine today (Friday) morning.

“A decision on resumption of the Yatra will be taken when the weather improves,” a senior official told IANS in summer capital Srinagar.

The official also said that till Thursday, over one lakh devotees have performed the Yatra and had ‘darshan’ of the Holy Lingam inside the cave shrine. (IANS)

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Amarnath Yatra: Adhere to these Do’s and Dont’s While on the Pilgrimage

Here are the Amarnath Yatra safety tips to adhere in order to ensure a safe pilgrimage to the baba amaranth shivling mounted on 13,000 feet height

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July 13, 2017:

Amarnath Yatra is known to be one of the most difficult pilgrimages in India due to a plethora of reasons. Amongst many reasons, frequent terrorist attacks on Amarnath raises the level of complexity and challenges for the pilgrims. The area also extends to the land of Jammu & Kashmir, which has beheld tensions of late.

In the wake of the terror attack on the bus carrying Amarnath yatris on Monday, it is important to acquaint people with the Amarnath Yatra’s dos and don’ts. The bus that was attacked recently was neither registered with the Sri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) nor adhered to the security details obligatory for the sojourners with respect to the terror threat.

 The Amarnath Yatra is open for the Shiva devotees from June 29 to August 7, 2017.
Here are the Amarnath Yatra safety tips in order to ensure a safe pilgrimage to the ‘Baba Amaranth Shivling’ mounted on 13,000 feet height.

Do’s

  • The temperature may fall up to 5 degree Celsius, hence it is advised to carry sufficient Wollen Clothes.
  • The Yatra bus carrying the pilgrims is prohibited after 7 pm. One must carry the yatra permit and requisite papers all the time with themselves.
  • One must keep in their pocket a note containing the name/address, a mobile telephone number of any yatri progressing for darshan on the same dates for emergency purposes.
  • Travel in groups rather in isolation.
  • In the case of any mishap or sudden emergency situation, immediately contact the nearest Camp Director / Mountain Rescue Teams (MRTs) stationed at various locations.
  • Ensure that the pony man or the person who carries your luggage is registered with the police and carries an identity card.
  • Pre-paid SIM Cards from the states outside J&K do not work in the yatra area. Yatris can obtain pre-activated SIM Cards at the base camps of Baltal and Nunwan.
  • Do carry medicines for cold, fever, vomit and first aid kit with you while taking the pilgrimage.

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Dont’s

  •  Inside the cave, incense stick and diyas are not allowed as it raises the temperature which also melts the frosted mercury shivling.
  • Children below 13 years, pregnant women and elderly citizens over 75 years are forbidden to carry the pilgrimage.
  • Don’t try short cut routes to the holy cave. It might lead to danger.
  • Do not take any polyethene material as it is banned in J&K and punishable under law.
  • Do not wear slippers or loose sandals while trekking to the holy cave as the route has falls and tilts. It is advised to wear trekking shoes for the yatra.
  • Women to avoid wearing saree as the Amarnath yatra route becomes difficult in the later stages.
  • Lastly, respect the environment and do not pollute the land of Shiva while taking the Amarnath Yatra

– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94

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Kashmir unrest: Stranded pilgrims resume Amarnath Yatra after three days

Meanwhile, authorities are arranging for a special service train that will leave Jammu around 8 p.m. on Monday to carry the pilgrims back home

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Amarnath Yatra. Image source: www.thetathaastu.com
  • The yatris at Pahalgam and Baltal have also returned to Jammu city after having darshan at Amarnath shrine
  • Due to the prevailing law and order situation in Kashmir the yatra was suspended for the last three days as no pilgrim was allowed to proceed towards the valley during this period
  • The convoy of the yatris is protected by the security forces who are escorting the pilgrims to the valley

Clueless for the last three days, the pilgrims have left the Jammu city for Kashmir on Monday afternoon.

Similarly, the yatris at Pahalgam and Baltal have also returned to Jammu city after having darshan at Amarnath shrine.

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“Amarnath bound yatris left for the valley in 40 buses around 4.20 p.m. from Bhagawati Nagar Yatri Niwas in Jammu city,” a senior police official told IANS.

“The convoy of the yatris is protected by the security forces who are escorting the pilgrims to the valley,” he said.

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Due to the prevailing law and order situation in Kashmir the yatra was suspended for the last three days as no pilgrim was allowed to proceed towards the valley during this period.

Pilgrims resume the yatra from Baltal. Image Source: The Indian Express
Pilgrims resume the yatra from Baltal. Image Source: The Indian Express

Meanwhile, authorities are arranging for a special service train that will leave Jammu around 8 p.m. on Monday to carry those pilgrims back home who reached the city in 200 buses from the valley after performing the yatra.(IANS)

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In 5 Days, more than 71,000 pilgrims perform Amarnath Yatra

The 48-day long Yatra will conclude on August 17 coinciding with Shravan Purnima and Raksha Bandhan festivals

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Amarnath Yatra. Image source: www.thetathaastu.com
  • Devotees believe the ice stalagmite structure called the ‘Lingam’ symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva
  • The south Kashmir Pahalgam route passes through Chandanwari, Sheshnag, Pissu Top and Panchtarni
  • Hindu scriptures mention, this route that Lord Shiva used to reach the cave is where he told goddess Parvati the study of immortality and eternal life

Jammu: Over 71,000 pilgrims have performed the Amarnath Yatra so far as another batch of 1,612 pilgrims left Jammu on Thursday, July 7.

An official of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) that manages the affairs of the annual pilgrimage said, ” A total of 1,612 pilgrims comprising 1,266 males and 346 females left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas today (Thursday) in 35 buses and 22 light motor vehicles in a convoy escorted by security forces for the Valley.”

“Since the Yatra started on July 2, two pilgrims have so far died of natural causes.”

An ice stalagmite structure inside the cave situated at 3,888 feet above the sea level wanes and waxes with the phases of the moon.

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Devotees believe the ice stalagmite structure called the ‘Lingam’ symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva.

Pilgrims use the north Kashmir Baltal and the south Kashmir Nunwan (Pahalgam) base camps to reach the cave Shrine.

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Amarnath Yatra. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

From Baltal in Ganderbal district, pilgrims have to trek 14 km to reach the cave while those using the traditional Pahalgam route have to trek 46 km.

The south Kashmir Pahalgam route passes through Chandanwari, Sheshnag, Pissu Top and Panchtarni.

According to Hindu scriptures, this route that Lord Shiva used to reach the cave is where he told goddess Parvati the study of immortality and eternal life.

Helicopter services are also available for the pilgrims from Baltal and Pahalgam to and fro the shrine.

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Due to heightened militant activities in the Valley this year, extra security measures have been taken to provide protection to the pilgrims.

A three-tier security cover manned by the Army, Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force, Central Reserve Police Force and state police are in place to secure the Jammu-Srinagar national highway which is the only surface link used by the pilgrims.

The 48-day long Yatra will conclude on August 17 coinciding with Shravan Purnima and Raksha Bandhan festivals. (IANS)

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