Amarnath Yatra suspended due to blockade of Jammu-Srinagar highway

10,360 pilgrims paid obeisance at the Cave shrine yesterday.
Amarnath Yatra suspended due to blockade of Jammu-Srinagar highway

Amarnath Yatra was suspended on Wednesday due to blockade ofJammu-Srinagar national highway as over 3.30 lakh pilgrims performed the Yatraduring the last 30 days.

The police said due to blockade of the Jammu-Srinagarnational highway no Yatri will be allowed to move towards the Valley today fromBhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas.

Officials of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), thatmanages the affairs of the Hindu pilgrimage, said since it started on July 1this year, 3,31,770 Yatris had Darshan at the Cave shrine during the last 30days.

10,360 pilgrims paid obeisance at the Cave shrine yesterday.

SASB officials also said: "One critically sick YatriUsha, age 60 years, belonging to Ganganagar, Rajasthan was evacuated byhelicopter yesterday from Sheshnag to Srinagar on the direction of Governor,Satya Pal Malik. In all 16 critically sick Yatris have been air evacuated bythe Shrine Board for immediate specialised treatment till date".

Situated at a height of 3,888 metres above the sea-level inthe Himalayan ranges in Kashmir, Amarnath cave houses an ice stalagmitestructure that symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva according to thedevotees.

The ice structure waxes and wanes with the phases of themoon.

So far, 26 pilgrims have died during the yatra. In additionto this, two volunteers and two security men also lost their lives.

Yatra started on July 1 and will conclude on August 15coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.

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