Amarnath Yatra: 40,000 pilgrims perform Darshan in three days


JAMMU: The Amarnath Yatra began from July 2, Saturday.  Around 40,000 pilgrims have started the trek for cave shrine and now another batch of 1,924 pilgrims left JAMMU for the Valley on Tuesday.

An official of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) told IANS, “40,000 Yatris have performed the Amarnath Yatra during the last three days.”

“Escorted by security forces, 1,924 pilgrims left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas at 5.15 a.m. in 53 vehicles,” a senior police officer said.

The weather forecasters have said that the weather will remain partly cloudy in Jammu Srniagar national highway on Tuesday.

The MET office has forecast that light rain/thundershowers will remain in the afternoon both on the Baltal-Cave Shrine and Pahalgam-Cave Shrine sectors.

Jammu Kashmir highway is the only link for the pilgrims to reach to the Cave Shrine, which is situated at 3,888 metres above the sea level.

It has an ice stalagmite structure that wanes and waxes with the phases of the moon. Called the ‘Holy Lingam’, the devotees believe the ice stalagmite structure symbolises mythical powers of lord Shiva.

It takes 14-Kilometre long route from the north Kashmir Baltal base camp to reach to the Cave Shrine. The distance from the south Kashmir Nunwan (Pahalgam) base camp to the Shrine is 46 kilometres.

Chandanwari, Sheshnag, Pissu Top and Panchtarni are the halting points from Pahalgam to the Cave Shrine.

To provide the security to the pilgrims, a three-tier security has been put in place which will be covered by the army, the ITBP, the CRPF and the state police.

Moreover, this year extraordinary security arrangements have been made for Yatris because of guerrilla attacks on the security forces in the Valley especially on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.

The Yatra will be finished off on August 17 coinciding with Shravan Purnima and Raksha Bandhan festivals.