Amarnath yatra suspended for second day

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Amarnath Shrine
Baltal Sonamarg (J-K), Jun 17: The annual Amarnath yatra was suspended from Jammu base camp on Wednesday, Jun 17 as inclement weather left thousands of pilgrims stranded for the second day at Baltal.

"No fresh batch was allowed to go to Baltal base camp from Jammu because of bad weather," police said.

Over 2,500 pilgrims remained stranded at the base camp in Jammu. Besides over 1,000 pilgrims were stopped at Kathua.

The Jammu and Kashmir government and the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) has set up three base camps at Bhagwati Nagar in Jammu, Nunwan in Pahalgam and Baltal for providing food and lodging facilities to pilgrims.ver 6,000 pilgrims, who could leave in the first batch, paid obeisance at the holy ice lingam of Lord Shiva in the cave shrine this morning.

Located in Jammu and Kashmir, the Amarnath caves shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main shrine is claimed to be over 5,000 years old.

Last year, over 450,000 pilgrims visited the cave. The two month long pilgrimage will conclude on Aug 5.

ANI

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