Jammu: The Amarnath Yatra on Saturday resumed as around 4,000 pilgrims set out for the holy Himalayan cave. The Yatra was suspended for a day in the wake of bad weather. Also Read - No Amarnath Yatra This Year Due to COVID-19, Aarti to be Live Telecast: J&K Govt
Of the total 3,926 pilgrims, who left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas — one escorted convoys of 1,608 pilgrims headed to Baltal, while 2,318 to Pahalgam. Also Read - Amarnath Yatra to be Conducted With Only 500 Pilgrims Daily From July 21? | Check Details Here
The yatra will come to an end on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival. Also Read - We Stand United to Defend Autonomy of J&K, Says Farooq Abdullah After All-party Meet
The pilgrimage started on July 1, 2019, and since, a total of 3,14,584 pilgrims have paid their obeisance before the ice stalagmite structure said to possess the mythical power of Lord Shiva. The footfalls at the cave have broken several previous records.
On Friday, 5,745 pilgrims had “darshan” at the cave shrine, an official said, while the further advance of devotees towards the shrine from Jammu was checked following inclement weather along the Jammu-Srinagar highway.
Situated at a height of 3,888 metres above the sea-level in the Himalayan ranges in Kashmir, the ice structure waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon.
Meanwhile, 26 pilgrims died while on the yatra. In addition to this, two volunteers and two security men also lost their lives.
(With IANS inputs)