The annual Amarnath Yatra will begin from both Baltal and Pahalgam routes in Jammu and Kashmir today, amidst tight security. The yatra was scheduled to begin early this morning, but it has been delayed due to bad weather.
Joint Police Control Room officials at the camps informed that continuous rain in the Baltal Sonamarg area in Ganderbal district and Nunwan Pahalgam area in Anantnag district, has made the roads on Yatra routes slippery and unsafe. They said, the yatra will begin after the weather improves.
The first batch of nearly 3,000 pilgrims, who left for the Kashmir valley from Jammu yesterday morning, have reached the twin base camps.
The yatra will formally begin with the traditional Pratham Puja by the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board Chairman and Governor NN Vohra at the holy cave. The two-month long yatra will culminate on Sawan Purnima coinciding with Raksha Bandhan on 26th August.
Authorities have put in place a multi-layered security arrangement for the pilgrimage.
As per information received, the 60-day Yatra is scheduled to formally begin today with the traditional Pratham Puja. Governor N N Vohra who is Chairman of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board will participate in the Puja at the holy cave. The authorities have made a multi-layered security arrangement.
Adequate arrangements have been put in place to ensure smooth conduct of Amarnath Yatra. Over 2 Lakh pilgrims have secured Advance Registration till now. Last evening, first batch of nearly 3000 Yatris including women devotees from Jammu base Camp reached both Baltal and Pahalgam base camps.