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Urvashi Kaul | HENB | Jammu | July 9, 2017:: The Holy annual Amarnath Yatra resumed on Sunday after a day-long suspension with a fresh batch of 4,411 pilgrims who left Jammu for the Kashmir Valley.
“A fresh batch of 4,411 pilgrims left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in an escorted convoy of 140 vehicles for the valley at 4.05 a.m.,” officials said here.
“Due to security reasons, the Yatra was suspended on Saturday,”officials said. Amarnath Yatra was suspended from Jammu due to curfew in valley+ imposed to control the situation of unrest apprehended on the 1st Burhan Wani death anniversary. Burhan Wani, a Hizbul terrorist was died in an encounter at Kokernag on 8 July 2016.
The 40-day long Yatra to the Himalayan cave shrine started on June 29 and will end on August 7 on Shravan Purnima coinciding with the Raksha Bandhan festival.
So far, over one lakh pilgrims have reached the shrine located at 3,888 metres above sea-level.
First Darshan Amarnathji 2017 (Courtesy: Amarnath Ji Shrine Board+) on 29th June.
The cave houses an ice stalagmite structure that waxes and wanes with the size of the moon.
Devotees believe the ice stalagmite structure symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva.
So far, 10 pilgrims have died during this year’s Yatra for health conditions.
From a comparative study for the last 4 years Darshan+ (visit to the holy cave) statistics, it is revealed that there is a slight fall of about 10 thousand pilgrims in the current year+ in first 9 days of yatra.