Amarnath Yatra is one of the most admired pilgrimage among Hinduism . It is something which every human aspires to visit once in their lifetime. Till now ,over three lakh pilgrims have visited Amarnath cave, a Hindu shrine located in Jammu and Kashmir of India.
The cave is dedicated to Hindu lord Shiva and is a holy place. Every year, lakhs of Hindu devotees visit the cave to pay reverence to the ice Shiv lingam, a form of Lord Shiva that formed inside the cave. Shiv lingam formed when the water dripping from the roof accumulates and starts freezing at the bottom.
Astonishingly, the Yatra put on hold this Sunday due to change in weather. In addition to this, the Srinagar-Jammu National highway also closed due to heavy rainfalls which caused mudslides in the Ramban and Banihal route.
The officials at Baltal camp requested thousands of pilgrims heading towards Amarnath Yatra not to move ahead as there are high risks of land slide and avalanche in the region :
“All the yatris requested not to queue up outside the gate. They won’t be allowed to move ahead today as the track has become slippery due to rains”.
The Yatra will not continue until rain stops and the tracks become walk-able and free from any kind of hindrances.
The pilgrims have to complete a trek 36 kilometers among the mountains to reach the holy place. The cave shrine situated at a height of 12,775 feet from Pahalgam camp. While from Baltal side, the route is shorter and devotees have to trek for just 14 km.
Umang Narula the chief executive officer of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board which manages the yatra said, ” the first batch of 2995 yatris left in 113 vehicles in two separate convoys for Baltal and Nunwan (Pahalgam) base camps to ease the movement of traffic. They reached their destinations late on Wednesday evening”.