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Bad weather halts Hindu pilgrimage in Indian Kashmir

Published: July 9, 2018

STORY: The annual ice cave pilgrimage, Amaranath Yatra (Walk) in Indian Kashmir was suspended temporarily, due to bad weather and landslides on Sunday (July 08), leaving pilgrims oblivious.

The two routes leading to Amarnath cave, Baltal and Pahalgam which serve as base camp for the pilgrimage, have been suspended because of continuous rains in the areas. The currently ongoing ‘yatra’ saw more than 10,000 pilgrims visiting the shrine on the 10th day.

Hindu pilgrims have been left stranded for days and some of them over a week, due to this situation with many of them deciding to go back.

They are not telling us anything and have closed the Baltal route and not allowing us to travel through the Pahalgam route either, said Ramesh, a pilgrim.

The Amarnath cave, located 12,000 feet above sea level in Lidder Valley in Kashmir, is known to be a popular pilgrimage site dedicated to Hindu God of destruction, Shiva. The cave houses a phallus, symbolic to regenerative powers of Shiva after destruction. It is visited by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims every year in the months of July and August

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