Srinagar, Jul 8 : Fresh batches of yatris on Monday left Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camps in the Kashmir valley for undertaking annual pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas.
However, yatra was suspended from Jammu as a precautionary measure following strike called by separatists on the third death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani who was killed in Kokernag area in Anantnag district on this day in an encounter by security forces. A yatra official said that yatra from Jammu to different base camps in Kashmir valley will be resumed on Tuesday.
He said about 95,923 pilgrims, including women and sadhus, from different parts of the country have paid obeisance at the holy cave since the commencement of the pilgrimage from July 1st till Sunday evening.
Since early this morning about 1500 yatris, who had night halt at different halting stations had darshan of the self made Ice-Shiva Lingam and more yatris are on the way to holy cave.
He said a fresh batch of pilgrims, including women, children and sadhus left Nunwan Pahalgam base camp for Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station on traditional yatra track. Meanwhile, the pilgrims who had night halt at different stations, including Chandanwari, left for next stations early Monday morning.
He said fresh batch of pilgrims also left Baltal base camp for the holy cave early this morning. The pilgrims, including women, children and sadhus will reach the holy cave after covering the distance on foot, he said. Helicopter service is also operating normally from both sides.
Meanwhile, majority of the pilgrims who had darshan at the cave shrine left for their homes. However, some pilgrims are taking time to visit Dal Lake and other tourist places, including Gulmarg, Sonamarg and Pahalgam before leaving for home.
He said majority pilgrims, even those who are undertaking the pilgrimage via Pahalgam are returning through Baltal route.(UNI)