Amarnath yatra suspended

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Srinagar, Jun 29: Pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas was suspended on Friday due to slippery road conditions following heavy rain during the night.
However, about 1300 pilgrims, including women and sadhus, besides Governor N N Vohra, had paid obeisance at the cave shrine on the first day of the 60-day-long yatra on Thursday.
The yatra was suspended from both shortest Baltal and traditional Pahalgam tracks following heavy rain due to which the roads have become very slippery, official sources said.
No yatri was so far allowed to move towards the cave shrine from both sides, they said adding similarly pilgrims who had darshan of the self made ice-Shivlingam at the cave shrine till last evening have also been stopped there.
They said yatris will be allowed to move ahead only after the weather improves and tracks become safe for undertaking the foot journey.
On the first day of the yatra on Thursday the commencement of the Yatra was very considerably delayed in the morning due to continuing rain.
However, it could commence only in afternoon, from both the Baltal and the Pahalgam routes when weather improves, an official spokesman said adding but only 1316 Yatris were able to leave on the Baltal route and 60 on the Pahalgam route, for the Holy Shrine.
About 1300 pilgrims had darshan at the cave shrine on the first day of the yatra.