Amarnath Yatra: 17,202 yatris pay obeisance at the holy cave
The Amarnath Yatra has seen over 84,000 yatris during the last six days, since its start on July 1, while another batch of 7,010 yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas, Jammu for the Valley on Friday.
17,202 pilgrims had ‘Darshan’ inside the holy cave yesterday.
On Friday, the Amarnath Yatra has been halted due to heavy rain along the twin routes in Kashmir. The yatra has been suspended momentarily till the weather improves. Yatra will resume after the weather improves.
The cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that devotees believe symbolizes the mythical powers of Bhagwan Shiva. The ice stalagmite structure wanes and waxes with the phases of the moon. This year’s 62-day-long Amarnath Yatra started on July 1 and will end on August 31 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.
Yatris approach the Himalayan cave shrine either from the traditional south Kashmir Pahalgam route which involves an uphill trek of 43 Kms from the Pahalgam base camp or from the north Kashmir Baltal base camp which involves 13 Kilometre uphill trek.
Those using the traditional Pahalgam route take 3-4 days to reach the cave shrine while those using the Baltal route return to the base camp the same day after having Darshan inside the cave shrine situated 3888 metres above the sea-level. Helicopter services are also available for Yatris on both routes.
To protect the pilgrims from high altitude sickness, authorities have banned all junk food at the free community kitchens called the ‘Langars‘ that have been set up along both the routes of the Yatra.
The banned items include all bottled drinks, halwai items, fried foods, and tobacco-based products.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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