With the arrival of the 'Charri Mubarak', the holy mace of Lord Shiva, at the Himalayan shrine on Shrawan Purnima on Thursday, the yatra which was cut short by 16 days came to an end, officials said.
Looking at the tensions prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir, an advisory has been issued to evacuate the Amarnath pilgrims and tourists who planned their Independence Day weekend there.
After cancellation of Amarnath Yatra due to terror threats, it has now been decided that stranded yatris will be airlifted to safety by IndianAir Force. The IAF will be pressing CL-17 and IL-76 planes into service for the airlift.
As airfares on Srinagar route soar, the Ministry of Civil Aviation on Saturday advised airlines to keep a check on airfares as Amarnath pilgrims and tourists prepared to leave the Kashmir Valley after the Jammu and Kashmir administration asked them to curtail their stay due to security threats.
Panic gripped Kashmir ever since a fresh order asking tourists and Amarnath Yatris to leave the Valley was issued on Friday, with the residents stocking up dry ration and essentials fearing long law and order disturbance. The state government yesterday issued an advisory to Amarnath pilgrims and tourists to curtail their stay in Kashmir immediately.
In a tweet, the Left leader also alleged that rumours were being allowed to fester in Jammu and Kashmir. The Jammu and Kashmir government asked the Amarnath pilgrims and tourists on Friday to immediately make necessary arrangements to cut short their stay in the Valley and return as soon as possible in the wake of intelligence inputs of "specific terror threats" to the pilgrimage.
The authorities have already rushed thousands of additional paramilitary forces to Kashmir in the wake of intelligence inputs that the yatra could be targetted by the terrorists.
Situated at a height of 3,888 metres above the sea-level in the Himalayan ranges in Kashmir, Amarnath cave houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva according to the devotees. Amarnath Yatra started on July 1 and will conclude on August 15.
It has been intermittently raining along the nearly 300-km long Jammu-Srinagar national highway since yesterday. Moderate rain also lashed the twin tracks of Baltal and Pahalgam, which are used by the pilgrims to reach the cave shrine from the two base camps.
After remaining suspended due to bad weather for a day, the Amarnath Yatra resumed on Saturday as around 4,000 pilgrims set out for the holy Himalayan cave, police said. 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.
Situated at a height of 3,888 metres above the sea-level in the Himalayan ranges in Kashmir, Amarnath cave houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva according to the devotees.
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Officials of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), which manages the affairs of the annual Hindu pilgrimage to the Cave shrine, said since it started on July 1 this year, 1,93,545 pilgrims had darshan inside the Cave shrine over the past 15 days.
Police sources said Sunder Devi, 63, of Rajasthan died of cardiac arrest at the Baltal base camp, while Ajay Malvia, 35, of Madhya Pradesh fell unconscious while moving to the camp and was declared dead at a hospital later.
More than 1.80 lakh pilgrims have performed the Amarnath Yatra over the last two weeks, officials said as another batch of around 5,000 yatris left for the Himalayan shrine on Monday.
The Amarnath Yatra was suspended on Saturday with no pilgrim allowed to move towards the Kashmir Valley from Jammu due to a separatist-called protest shutdown, police said.