No fresh batch of pilgrims were allowed to leave for Amarnath cave shrine from base camps in Jammu and Kashmir, a day after the yatra was suspended due to inclement weather.
However, with improvement in weather conditions, authorities allowed thousands of pilgrims stranded enroute to the shrine to move towards their destinations, officials said, adding that about 800 pilgrims offered prayers at the shrine this afternoon.
"No pilgrim was allowed to proceed towards the cave shrine from the base camps of Nunwan and Baltal in Kashmir and Bhagwati Nagar in Jammu this (Friday) morning," they said.
The decision was taken in view of bad weather and to clear the route of pilgrims stranded at various halting stations enroute the 3,880 metre high cave shrine.
Over 7,400 pilgrims were stranded at Sheshnag, most of whom have already paid obeisance and were returning to the base camps, official sources said.
Meanwhile, a woman pilgrim identified as Neelam (45), a resident of Maharashtra, died of cardiac arrest at Sheshnag along the traditional 46-km long Pahalgam route in Anantnag district this morning.
Two more pilgrims identified as Baskar Pondeer (54) of Madya Pradesh and Suti Lal Gupta of Uttar Pradesh also died of heart failure at Dumail and Kangan along the Baltal route in Ganderbal district last evening, the sources said.
Altogther 43 plgrims have died during the ongoing yatra which commenced on July 1 and was suspended yesterday following inclement weather. So far, 2,92,521 pilgrims have paid obeisance at the shrine housing the naturally formed ice shivlingam.