Amarnath Yatra (ANI Photo)

The ongoing Amarnath Yatra has been temporarily suspended due to heavy rains and landslides, leaving thousands of pilgrims stranded in Jammu and along the route to the cave shrine. Union Minister Jitendra Singh, as reported by ANI, assured the pilgrims that senior officials are closely monitoring the situation and advised them to stay calm and follow instructions from the authorities.

The inclement weather has brought heavy rains to large parts of Jammu and Kashmir since Thursday night, with high-altitude areas, including Mahaguns Top and the vicinity of the Amarnath cave shrine, experiencing snowfall. Some places have even witnessed record rainfall for the month of July.

The suspension of the Yatra from both Pahalgam and Baltal routes continues for the second day due to the adverse weather conditions, according to an official statement. Meanwhile, approximately 6,000 pilgrims are stranded in Ramban due to the halted pilgrimage.

The district administration is taking all necessary steps to ensure that the stranded passengers face no difficulties. Deputy Commissioner Mussarat Islam assured that all facilities are available for the pilgrims at the ‘Yatri Niwas’ and that the authorities are working diligently to address any issues. The pilgrimage will resume only when the weather improves and vehicular traffic between Jammu and Kashmir divisions is restored.

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Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha emphasized the safety of the yatris and stated that regular reviews and hourly reports are being conducted to assess the situation. The hope is that the weather will improve soon, allowing the Yatra to recommence. The meteorological department has forecasted widespread light to moderate rains with thundershowers in Jammu and Kashmir until Sunday due to monsoon winds and western disturbances.

The 62-day annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave shrine, located at an altitude of 3,888 meters in the south Kashmir Himalayas, began on July 1. It is scheduled to conclude on August 31. So far, over 80,000 pilgrims have visited the holy cave shrine.

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