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Amarnath Yatra remains suspended due to bad weather

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Jammu: The annual Hindu pilgrimage Amarnath Yatra remained suspended for the second day on Monday as no pilgrim was allowed to proceed towards Kashmir Valley due to bad weather, police said.

“No yatri was allowed to move towards the valley today from Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas because of bad weather and closure of the Jammu-Srinagar national highway”, a senior police officer said in Jammu on Monday.

Landslides triggered by heavy rains have blocked the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, the only surface link to the valley, at some places in Ramban district of Jammu region.

Meanwhile, authorities said in Srinagar that no pilgrim will be allowed to move towards the Amarnath cave shrine from either the north Kashmir Baltal or the south Kashmir Nunwan (Pahalgam) base camps on Monday.

“Heavy rains are lashing the mountainous track on both sides. The situation will be reviewed only after the weather improves. No yatri is stranded anywhere along the track and all are lodged at safe places inside the two base camps and the transit camps,” said an official of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) that manages the affairs of the Hindu pilgrimage to the Himalayan 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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Amarnath Yatra performed by 1,87,903 Pilgrims so far

“Another batch of over 1,500 yatris left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in Jammu city on Thursday for the valley,” a senior police official told IANS.

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Amarnath Yatra performed by 1,87,903 Pilgrims so far. Image Source: YouTube
  • According to Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) officials, as many as 5,135 pilgrims had ‘Darshan’ inside the Cave Shrine on Wednesday since this year’s Yatra started on July 2
  • The 48-day Yatra will conclude on August 17 coinciding with Shravan Purnima and Raksha Bandhan festivals
  • In comparison to last year, only 1,87,903 Yatris have performed the pilgrimage this year.

A batch of over 1,500 pilgrims left Jammu city for Kashmir Valley to perform the Amarnath Yatra, taking number of yatris to 1,87,903 on Thursday.

“Another batch of over 1,500 yatris left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in Jammu city on Thursday for the valley,” a senior police official told IANS.

Amarnath Yatra . Image Source: shriamarnathyatra.in
Amarnath Yatra . Image Source: shriamarnathyatra.in

“The yatris left in a convoy escorted by the security forces.”

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According to Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) officials, as many as 5,135 pilgrims had ‘Darshan’ inside the Cave Shrine on Wednesday since this year’s Yatra started on July 2.

The ‘Charri Mubarak’ (Lord Shiva’s Mace) will now be taken to the Cave Shrine after its stopovers at Chandanwari, Pissu Top, Sheshnag and Panchtarni enroute to the Cave after the traditional Puja was held at Pahalgam on Wednesday.

Traditional Puja behore Charri Mubarak. Image Source: www.thehindu.com
Traditional Puja behore Charri Mubarak. Image Source: www.thehindu.com

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

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This year, 12 pilgrims died due to natural causes while performing the Yatra.

In comparison to last year, only 1,87,903 Yatris have performed the pilgrimage this year.

Last year over 2,65,000 pilgrims had performed the Yatra during the same period. (IANS)

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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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