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Amarnath Yatra resumes from Jammu

The Amarnath Yatra resumed at Jammu on Sunday, a day after it was suspended due to snowfall at some places along the traditional Pahalgam route, with a fresh batch of 3588 pilgrims leaving for the 3,880 metre high cave shrine.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2009 15:58 IST

The Amarnath Yatra resumed at Jammu on Sunday, a day after it was suspended due to snowfall at some places along the traditional Pahalgam route, with a fresh batch of 3588 pilgrims leaving for the 3,880 metre high cave shrine.

The batch, comprising 1092 women and 103 children, left for base camps at Baltal and Pahalgam in the Kashmir valley early this morning amid tight security, police said.

The yatra was suspended on Saturday at Jammu to avoid rush at Nunwan base camp after heavy snowfall was reported at some places along the Pahalgam route on the intervening night of July 2 and 3.

The pilgrimage was earlier suspended for three days from June 16 to 18 due to inclement weather prevailing in the Kashmir valley.

It was again suspended from here on June 24 owing to a large number of devotees stranded at transit camp in Baltal.

Till June 26, the devotees were allowed to proceed only through the Baltal route and thereafter the Pahalgam route was thrown open after clearance of snow.

So far, over 1.72 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the Lord Shiva shrine since the pilgrimage began on June 15.