Pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas resumed from Baltal track on Saturday after remaining suspended for three days due to landslides following further improvement in the weather. Yatra was resumed from traditional Pahalgam track yesterday after remaining suspended for two days due to slippery track conditions due to rain.
Over 2,200 pilgrims, who had opted to undertake yatra from Pahalgam track, have been allowed to leave Bhagwati Nagar base camp Jammu for Nunwan base camp in south Kashmir.
''We allowed about 1,300 pilgrims from Baltal track early this morning but had to halt the yatra again due to fresh mudslides, triggered by rain,'' official sources told UNI.
''Now with further improvement in weather, we allowed more pilgrims towards the cave shrine, they said adding the track safe for undertaking the pilgrimage. Similarly yatris, who had darshan at the cave shrine till last night, are also returning to base camp,'' the sources added.
Yatris, who had night halt at camps, including Panjtarni on traditional Pahalgam route, are reaching the holy cave since early this morning to have darshan of the self made Ice-Shivlingam. Over 5,000 pilgrims had paid obeisance at the cave shrine during the past 24 hours, when yatra resumed from Pahalgam track after two days of suspension due to slippery track conditions.
About 3,000 pilgrims, including women and sadhus, left Nunwan base camp for Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station. Pilgrims, who had night halt at Pisso top, Sheshnag, Managuns and Panjterni, have been allowed to move towards the cave shrine on traditional track since early this morning.
Meanwhile, 326 pilgrims, including sick and aged, who were stranded at Panjtarni following incessant rain from the past several days along the Amarnath cave shine route, were airlifted to Baltal base camp on Friday.
The evacuation was done by Indian Air Force (IAF) choppers on the direction of Governor N N Vohra, who on Friday chaired a high-level after visiting Baltal, Panjtarni and Nunwan (Pahalgam) Yatra Camps for a first hand assessment of the ground situation. (UNI)