Sunday, July 1, 2012

Amarnath Yatra Near one.5 lak1 lakh 50 thousand

Even when seven days of annual pilgrimage of Baba Amarnath ji in South Kashmir Himalayas, there had been no quiet in significant rush of yatris at the holy cave shrine. Today, 20,549 yatris performed darshan of holy Ice Lingam of Lord Shiva within the shrine taking total range of pilgrims having paid obeisance throughout last seven days of yatra to one.43 lakh. Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) Director, Amarnath Shrine, BD Mengi said twenty,549 pilgrims these days paid obeisance before holy Ice Lingam of Lord Shiva in Shri Amarnath ji cave shrine. With this, total range of yatris having performed darshan of Lord Shiva’s Ice Lingam throughout seven days of yatra has gone up to one,42,976. over nineteen,000 pilgrims these days left shortest Baltal and ancient Nunwan Pahalgam base camps for holy Amarnath cave shrine, situated at thirteen,500 feet in South Kashmir Himalayas.

Official reports said ten,410 yatris, together with men, women, youngsters and Sadhus, left Pahalgam early this morning for Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station on the normal route. However, a number of them, who were already camping at Chandanwari, joined them to proceed towards next halting station.

Similarly, yatris at completely different halt points enroute additionally started their onward journey this morning, whereas those that had darshan started their come back journey.

They added that eight,663 pilgrims left Baltal for the holy cave.

The authorities had created all arrangements for swish yatra on each tracks and base camps, they said.

A Met department spokesman said the sky would stay cloudy and there would be one or 2 spells of rains on each the tracks these days whereas there'll be no giant amendment in weather throughout next twenty four hours.

From Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas base camp in Jammu, eighth batch of four,268 pilgrims these days left for the holy shrine beneath tight security arrangements.

Amid chantings of ‘Bam Bam Bhole’, the contemporary batch of devotees left from Yatri Niwas base camp at five am.

The batch comprising 3009 males, 821 females, one hundred forty five youngsters and 293 Sadhus left in a very convoy of 156 vehicles together with forty three SRTC buses, thirty personal and eighty three light-weight cars.

With today’s batch, as several as twenty three,677 pilgrims have left Jammu in eight officers batches for his or her onward journey to the cave shrine.

Meanwhile, 5 a lot of devotees died thanks to cardiac arrest at Pahalgam and Baltal base camps raising the death toll within the ongoing annual Amarnath pilgrimage to nineteen.

Megha Gupta, aged twenty four years, a resident of Chandigarh, suffered a vast heart attack at Pahalgam last night whereas on her thanks to Amarnath cave shrine, police said.

64-year-old Jagbir Singh from Haryana and Rinku (55) from Tamil Nadu died at Sonamarg on shorter Baltal route, they said.

Hailing from Madhya Pradesh, 83-year-old Babu Singh died at Baltal base camp when paying obeisance, while, an unidentified man was found dead at Domail, police said.

With this, the death toll since the commencement of the annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas rose to nineteen, they said.

Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) has been forced to open six on-the-spot registration counters as an outsized range of unregistered pilgrims had turned up at varied base camps of the annual yatra within the guise of tourists.

According to sources, SASB opened on-the-spot registration counters when an outsized range of unregistered pilgrims found Pahalgam and Baltal base camps on commencement of the pilgrimage to the 3880-metre high cave shrine.

"Hundreds of unregistered yatris managed to sneak through the protection barricades got wind of by police and CRPF en route the cave shrine. Stopping such a large range of individuals would have led to law and order problem", sources added.

While four counters are opened in Kashmir at Nunwan, Chandanwari, Baltal and Tourist Reception Centre Srinagar, 2 counters are opened in Jammu, they said.

Board’s CEO Naveen K Chaudhury admitted that on-the-spot registration counters are opened, however said there was absolute confidence of permitting unregistered pilgrims for the yatra.

"There were some issues on the primary day of the pilgrimage however not one unregistered yatri has been allowed to proceed towards the holy cave when that", Chaudhury said.

The CEO said the registration for the pilgrimage was still open and to this point over four lakh persons have registered themselves for the yatra.

Chaudhury appealed to the yatris to not embark on the pilgrimage while not securing a legitimate registration as this might cause inconvenience not solely to themselves however additionally to the opposite yatris.

Asked regarding the high range of deaths within the ongoing pilgrimage, he said the pilgrims aren't coming back ready for the arduous journey even if the SASB had disbursed a vast awareness campaign regarding the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’.

"The deaths have taken place even when deploying numerous doctors, paramedics and life saving equipment. The pilgrims don't escort previous acclimatization for this journey", he said.

He asked the devotees to right away contact the closest medical camps in case of any health issue to get timely medical attention.

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