Amarnath yatra resumes after two days suspension

Last Updated: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 13:52

Jammu: After remaining suspended for two
days due to security reasons and bad weather conditions, the
annual Amarnath yatra on Monday resumed from here with a new batch leaving for the holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas.

The batch of 875 pilgrims, comprising 514 men, 145
women, 8 children and 208 sadhus, left in a cavalcade of 24
vehicles from the base camp of Bhagwati Nagar here around
10:25 hours, police officials said.

With today`s batch, as many as 86,072 pilgrims from
different parts of the country had left from here for onward
journey to pay obeisance at the 3,880 metre high cave shrine
in the Valley.

The yatra remained suspended for last two days due to
security reasons and bad weather conditions due to heavy rains
in the Valley.

This is the sixth time that the pilgrimage was halted
since its commencement on June 30.

Over 4.50 lakh pilgrims have so far paid obeisance at
the cave shrine.

Meanwhile, Buddha Amarnath yatra in Poonch district
was today suspended from Jammu due to bad weather, officials
said.

No new batch was allowed to leave from Jammu to Buddha
Amarnath Shrine Mandi hills of Poonch district from here due
to inclement weather conditions and heavy rains enroute, they
said.

The yatra, which started on Friday, has been suspended
for the first time. As many as 4,000 pilgrims have left for
the shrine till now.

PTI



First Published: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 13:52

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