Published On: Sat, Jul 13th, 2019

Amarnath shrine pilgrimage paused on Martyrs’ Day

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The Amarnath pilgrimage has been put on hold Saturday as a precautionary measure due to separatists-sponsored strike in the Valley on Martyrs’ Day.

The pilgrimage started on June 30 and since then about a dozen batches have been sent from Jammu to the twin base camps of Pahalgam and Baltal in the Kashmir valley.

Since then more than 150 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the Amarnath shrine. The pilgrimage will take place for 45 days. The track is about 36 km from Pahalgam in Jammu and 14 km Baltal in Ganderbal district. Until now 175 lakh pilgrims have registered for the pilgrimage that commenced on July 1 from both the routes and to conclude on August 15.

On 13 July 1931 about two dozens, people were killed when Maharaja Hari Singh’s Dogra forces opened fire. The day is observed as Martyrs’ Day in the Valley.

Shops and business establishments remain closed on the Martyrs’ Day. Public transport too remains away from the roads.

However, officials said some private vehicles were seen plying in intra-city and inter-district routes of the Valley.

Amarnath shrine pilgrimage paused on Martyrs' Day

In 2018 about 2.85 lakh pilgrims paid obeisance at the Amarnath shrine. In 2015 the number was 3.52 lakh, in 2016 it was 3.20 lakh and in 2017 it was 2.60 lakh.

The Amarnath pilgrimage was also suspended on July 8 as it was the third death anniversary of former Hizmul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

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