Amarnath yatra: Pilgrims not allowed leaving base camps

No fresh batch of pilgrims were allowed to leave for Amarnath cave shrine from base camps in Jammu and Kashmir, a day after the yatra was suspended due to inclement weather.

Updated: Jul 23, 2010, 17:33 PM IST

Srinagar: No fresh batch of pilgrims
were allowed to leave for Amarnath cave shrine from base camps
in Jammu and Kashmir, a day after the yatra was suspended due
to inclement weather.

However, with improvement in weather conditions,
authorities allowed thousands of pilgrims stranded enroute to
the shrine to move towards their destinations, officials said,
adding that about 800 pilgrims offered prayers at the shrine
this afternoon.
"No pilgrim was allowed to proceed towards the cave
shrine from the base camps of Nunwan and Baltal in Kashmir and
Bhagwati Nagar in Jammu this morning," they said.

The decision was taken in view of bad weather and to
clear the route of pilgrims stranded at various halting
stations enroute the 3,880 metre high cave shrine.

Over 7,400 pilgrims were stranded at Sheshnag, most of
whom have already paid obeisance and were returning to the
base camps, official sources said.

Meanwhile, a woman pilgrim identified as Neelam (45), a
resident of Maharashtra, died of cardiac arrest at Sheshnag
along the traditional 46-km long Pahalgam route in Anantnag
district this morning.
Two more pilgrims identified as Baskar Pondeer (54) of
Madya Pradesh and Suti Lal Gupta of Uttar Pradesh also died of
heart failure at Dumail and Kangan along the Baltal
route in Ganderbal district last evening, the sources said.

Altogther 43 plgrims have died during the ongoing yatra
which commenced on July 1 and was suspended yesterday
following inclement weather. So far, 2,92,521 pilgrims have
paid obeisance at the shrine housing the naturally formed
ice shivlingam.

PTI