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Yatra to Holy Amarnath cave commences after delay due to rains

June 25, Amidst chanting of vedic mantras and ‘Bum Bum Bholay’, several thousand yatris commenced their journey to Holy Amarnath cave shrine at 13,500 feet in south Kashmir from shortest Baltal route. The commencement of the annual pilgrimage from Baltal route was delayed due to heavy rains and fresh snowfall on upper reaches this morning.
Weather has improved as the rains stopped at 0800 hrs, much to the delight of thousands of pilgrims who were waiting since 0500 hrs to move towards the cave shrine.
After improvement in the weather and green signal received from different places on the Baltal-Shrine route, it was decided to allow the pilgrims from the base camp. The yatris were repeatedly directed through public address system to take extra precautions to avoid any accident during the foot journey to cave shrine.
Earlier, heavy rains since 0400 hrs forced authorities to delay the start of the annual yatra. The upper reaches had turned white due to fresh snowfall, clearly visible from the base camp. Official sources said yesterday, a day before the yatra was scheduled to start officially, more than 10,000 yatris had darshan of the self-made Ice-lingam in the cave shrine. The annual pilgrimage started from both traditional Pahalgam and shortest Baltal routes today. The Met department has also said that rain or thundershowers would occur today on Baltal-Cave shrine route.

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