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July 03, 2011 11:48:47 PM
PTI | Jammu | eDaily Pioneer
Over 97,500 pilgrims have so far offered prayers at the 13500-feet high cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir Himalayas.
“97,500 pilgrims have performed darshan of the holy Ice Lingum of Lord Shiva at Amarnath cave till tonight”, Police officials said.
Over 12000 pilgrims paid obeisance to Lord Shiva on the fifth day of the Yatra today despite its suspension from Jammu, Baltal and Nuwan base-camps due to landlides and heavy rush, they said.
Over 50000 pilgrims are camping in Jammu for their onward journey to the cave shrine.
PTI | 11:07 PM,Jul 03,2011
Nagrota (J-K), Jul 3 (PTI) Hundreds of vehicles lined up on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway today as the heavy rush of Amarnath pilgrims led to massive traffic jams, causing inconvenience to the devouts.Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) chief executive officer R K Goyal has ordered that no unregistered pilgrims be allowed to undertake the pilgrimage.With heavy rush of pilgrims at Amarnath and Baltal, Pahalgam routes, authorities suspended the yatra from Jammu and also stopped unregistered vehicles at various places in Lakhanpur, Kathua, Samba, Jammu, Nagrota, Udhampur, Patnitop, Batote and Ramban.”Over 50,000 people have arrived here from outside.
There are traffic jams. We are trying to ease out the situation,” a senior police officer said.The Amarnath yatra remains suspended for second consecutive day today from Jammu due to heavy pilgrim rush at Cave shrine, he said.Passengers including women and children were seen awaiting for hours for the traffic jams to ease.”We are caught in traffic jams for six hours. We have to leave back tomorrow for Mumbai. How can we perform darshan and come back?”, Darshani Kadam of Pune wondered.Srinagar-bound passenger Abdul Hamid said, “there is a total breakdown of the official machinery. If they have stop Amarnath pilgrims, why are they causing problems to us. We are stuck here for four hours,” he said.Irate over the traffic closure and jams, passengers and pilgrims held protest demonstrations at Jammu bypass, Nagrota, Udhampur and Lakhanpur areas against the government.The steps have been taken in view of the heavy rush of pilgrims at cave shrine and also, the bad weather conditions prevailing in Baltal and Pahalgam routes to cave shrine since the last two days, the SASB official said.Reviewing the movement plan for the pilgrims tomorrow, Goyal said very heavy rains are expected to lash the entire yatra area along Baltal and Pahalgam routes, besides snowfall in the higher mountains along the yatra routes.A decision on the further movement of yatris from Jammu and the base camps at Baltal and Pahalgam (Nunwan) will be taken in the early hours tomorrow after assessing weather conditions along both the routes, he said.He also appealed to the stranded pilgrims not to insist on any forward movement in view of the expected adverse weather conditions.A total of 80,000 pilgrims have offered prayers at the 3,880 metre high holy cave shrine in the past three days. PTI AB