Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Amarnath Yatra reaches 5.72 lakh

Yatra touches 5.72 lakh as 12,000 perform darshan

There has been a slight decline in yatra rush to holy cave of Shri Amarnath Ji during the last few days. While over 20,000 pilgrims were performing darshan in the holy cave daily over the past few days, the number has now come down to10,000.

According to a Yatra Officer, there has been a considerable decline in yatra rush for last couple of days. He said 9,345 pilgrims left for darshan of Ice Shivlingam in the holy cave of Shri Amarnath Ji in deep Himalayas today from Baltal and Nunwan-Pahalgam base camps.

Out of them, 5,993 pilgrims left via shortest Baltal track while 3,352 left via traditional Nunwan Pahalgam route, he said, adding the weather remained dry but cloudy in the enitre yatra area for the whole day.

He said thousands of pilgrims, who had reached Sheshnag and Panjtarni late last night, also left for their onwards sojourn this morning. While those who left from Panjtarni performed darshan of Ice Shivlingam by late tonight those from Sheshnag were on their way to the holy cave.

The yatris who could not reach holy cave till late in the evening will have a night halt at Panjtarni where from they will proceed for darshan early tomorrow morning, he added.

He said despite the inclement weather conditions, the yatra was proceeding smoothly and the pilgrims were in good spirit and fully satisfied with the arrangements.

The Yatra Officer said that as per available figures, 5,59,746 pilgrims performed darshan at the holy cave till late last night from the two tracks.

The Yatra Officer said as per the figures available 2,49,800 yatris visited the cave shrine Pahalgam while 2,94,633 went via Baltal. Out of them, 5,37,662 pilgrims have returned till date. However, the majority of pilgrims preferred to return via Baltal track, he added.

He said 12,453 pilgrims performed darshan in cave shrine till late tonight. With this, the total number of pilgrims performing darshan of Ice Shivlingam has touched 5,72,197, he added.

A fresh batch of 1416 yatris left Baba Amarnath Yatri Niwas, Bhagwati Nagar, Jammu, for holy cave under tight security arrangements this morning.

Comprising 796 males, 329 females, 19 children and 272 Sadhus, they left in a cavalcade of 43 vehicles at 5 am. These yatris had reached Manigam camp in Ganderbal district in Central Kashmir and Nunwan-Pahalgam base camp in South Kashmir district of Anantnag till last reports came in. These pilgrims will leave for the cave shrine early next morning.

Meanwhile, Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) has urged the yatris to ascertain the weather conditions in the yatra area before embarking on pilgrimage. Besides, the yatris were also advised to have proper medical check up before leaving for pilgrimage in the hilly terrain and arduous area.

It may be recalled that in view of 83 deaths during last 27 days of pilgrimage, the Shrine Board has decided to focus on medicare facilities of yatris fully to avoid more loss of lives.

The 46 day long annual holy Amarnath yatra, which started on June 29, will culminate on Shrawan Purnima falling on August 13, the day coinciding with Raksha Bandhan.

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