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Amaranth Yatra Halted Due to Bad Weather in Jammu and Kashmir

on 2015/7/12 21:07:25 ( 2795 reads )


JAMMU, INDIA, July 12, 2015 (India Today): The annual Hindu pilgrimage Amarnath Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir was stopped on Sunday due to inclement weather, police said. Heavy rainfall triggered landslides leading to the blockade of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway at Gangroo in Udhampur district. It has been raining heavily in the Jammu region and the valley since Sunday morning. Heavy rains have swollen most rivers and water bodies in the region. The yatra from both the north Kashmir Baltal and south Kashmir Pahalgam base camps has been halted.

So far around 150,000 pilgrims have performed this year's Amarnath Yatra by having darshan of the Holy Lingam inside the Himalayan cave shrine situated 14,500 feet above the sea level in south Kashmir Anantnag district. The Yatra which began on July 2 will end on August 29.

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