1548 pilgrims perform darshan, yatra remains suspended from Jammu

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 9: The incessant rains and cloud bursts have affected the holy Amarnath yatra also and its rush has constantly decreased to lowest ebb with only 1548 pilgrims performing darshan of Ice Lingam in cave Shrine on 39th day of darshan today.
As the Jammu- Srinagar National Highway remained closed today also at Kheri near Udhampur due to heavy landslides the yatra to holy cave from Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas remained suspended for the second consecutive day today.
According to an official spokesman no yatri vehicle was allowed to proceed for Kashmir Valley from here for the second consecutive day today.
However 1548 pilgrims performed darshan at holy cave today, the spokesman said, adding this is the lowest number of pilgrims paying obeisance in cave shrine during the two month long yatra since the first day of darshan which started on July 2.
He said 728 pilgrims left for cave shrine from Baltal base camp today. Out of them 324 pilgrims left by foot, while 404 by chopper.
He said 304 pilgrims left for holy cave from Nun-wan Pahalgam base camp via traditional Chandanwari track this morning. He said 466 yatris returned from holy cave after performing darshan today.
The spokesman said the yatris having night halt at Chandanwari, Sheshnag and Panchtarni also left for cave shrine early this morning.
He said the weather at Nunwan -Pahalgam was pleasant. But it was raining at holy cave while the sky was overcast with clouds at Baltal.


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