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Bad weather forces suspension of Amarnath Yatra

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    Jammu, Aug 14: The Amarnath Yatra was suspended for the second consecutive day on Tuesday from Jammu city due to inclement weather, officials said.

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    The yatra has been suspended from Bagwatinagar base camp in Jammu due to heavy rains and bad weather conditions resulting in closure of the highway, they said.

    [Over 1.2 lakh pilgrims leave for Amarnath Yatra]

    No pilgrim is allowed to proceed towards the shrine from Jammu, they said. The 60-day annual yatra commenced from the twin tracks on June 28 and is scheduled to conclude on August 26 coinciding with 'Raksha Bandhan' festival.  

    [Amarnath Yatra may be restricted to 30 days]

    Yesterday, 657 pilgrims paid obeisance at the shrine and till date 2,79,535 pilgrims have visited the holy cave, the spokesman said.

    [Another 724 pilgrims leave for Amarnath Yatra base camps from Jammu]

    The number of pilgrims undertaking the yatra has marked a sharp dip over the past fortnight owing to the early melting of the naturally formed ice-Shivlingam at the sanctum sanctorum.

    PTI

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