November 24, 2022

Amarnath Yatra temporarily suspended due to heavy rain

In a latest development, Amarnath Yatra has been temporarily suspended due to bad weather. Reportedly, no pilgrims will be allowed to proceed to the revered cave from the Pahalgam and Baltal camps.

For the record, those taking the shorter Baltal route have to travel 14 km to reach the cave sanctuary, while those taking the longer traditional Pahalgam route have to travel 48 km over four days to reach the cave sanctuary. cave.

The officials added that the authorities had suspended the yatra due to heavy rains and added that it would resume only after the weather improves.

Previously, the yatra was shut down after heavy rain on July 5, which eventually led to a massive downpour on July 8. This left 16 dead and more than 30 missing. However, the yatra was later taken over via the Pahalgam route via the Baltal route.

Meanwhile, if reports are to be believed, more than 1.44 lakh pilgrims performed the ongoing Amarnath Yatra, while another group of 5,449 pilgrims left Jammu for the valley on Thursday.

Officials added that worshipers offered their prayers at the cave shrine, despite a three-day halt following flash floods that were triggered due to heavy rains near the cave shrine on July 8.

The Amarnath Yatra, a holy pilgrimage for the Hindu community, started on June 30 this year and according to the calendar it is supposed to end on August 11 on the occasion of
Shravan Purnima which coincides with Raksha Bandhan.

  1. What is the age limit for Amarnath Yatra?
    No one under the age of 13 or over the age of 75, and no pregnant woman over six weeks is allowed to register for the Yatra.
  2. When is the best time to visit Amarnath?
    Usually, until the end of June, Amarnath Cave is open to the public. Therefore, the best time to visit from June to August can be considered as an option.
  3. What is the base camp of the Amarnath Yatra?
    The Baltal Valley remains the base camp of the holy Amarnath Yatra pilgrims.