No yatri from Pahalgam, 1718 leave Baltal for cave shrine, 1.33 lac pay obeisance

The Amarnath yatra was going on smoothly from shortest Baltal route as fresh batch of 1718 pilgrims, including women, children and Sadhus left the base camp early this morning for the cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, where over 1.33 lakh yatris had paid obeisance from July 2.

However, no yatri left Nunwan Pahalgam base camp today as yatris who had left Jammu in the afternoon yesterday after remaining stranded there since Saturday, were stopped at Qazigund for security reasons last night.

A yatra official told UNI the weather was pleasant and yatra was going on smoothly from the Baltal track.

He said 1718 pilgrims including 247 women and 10 Sadhus left Baltal base camp early this morning for the cave shrine. Meanwhile, pilgrims, who darshan of the self made Ice-Shivlingam yesterday have also started their return journey towards the base camp early this morning.

However, there was no yatra at Nunwan Pahalgam base camp today. But, he said, pilgrims, who had night halt at Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station and other camps, including Sheshnag, Mahaguns, Pisso top and Panjterni also started their onward journey towards the cave shrine early this morning.

Meanwhile, more than 25000 pilgrims, who were stranded at Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camps since Saturday after having darshan of the shivlingam, reached Jammu safely late last night.  They had left the base camps in about 1800 vehicles  in the afternoon yesterday for Jammu.

Meanwhile, majority of the pilgrims, who had left Jammu for base camps yesterday in the afternoon were stopped at Qazigund for security reasons as it was very late.

Official sources told UNI the pilgrims have been put up in Walnut factory at Mir Bazar Qazigund for security reasons. The pilgrims will be taken to Pahalgam and Baltal base camps later in the evening, they said adding the yatris are being provided all facilities there.

Meanwhile, pilgrims arriving by air from different parts of the country, are being taken to base camps under proper security arrangements.


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