Srinagar: 29 June :- Bad weather has disturbed Amarnath Yatra. The journey has stopped due to the rain. Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) will take further decisions on the tour considering the weather conditions. Due to the bad weather, only 1,007 pilgrims on the first day could see the snow-shaped Shivling in the cave temple. On both the routes of the yatra, 1,316 pilgrims from Baltal and only 60 devotees from Pahalgam started their journey in the afternoon. He told that till Thursday evening, only 1,007 pilgrims could visit holy Shivalinga. Between strong security, the first jatha of about 3,000 Amarnath pilgrims from Jammu reached in Baltal and Pahalgam base camps in Kashmir in the evening yesterday. Officials said that after getting permission to use the road route, the second jatha of 3,434 pilgrims left for Bhagwati Nagar base camp today and was expected to reach base camps of Nunwan-Pahalgam and Baltal till their evening.
More than two lakh devotees have registered for this journey which lasted for 60 days for Shivalinga’s visit. The end of this journey will be on August 26. The festival of ‘Raksha Bandhan’ is also being held this day. The government is using radio frequency tag for the first time to monitor the vehicles going to Amarnath, while the CRPF has launched motorcycle squad equipped with cameras and life saving devices. Security has also been increased for this year’s journey after a terrorist attack on a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims last year.