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Chandanwari-Panjtarni track yet to be repaired for Amarnath yatra

JAMMU:   Rescue teams, police, security personnel are taking position along the routes of Amarnath yatra, yet the Chandanwari-Panjtarni track is yet to be repaired for a smooth pilgrimage to the cave shrine at high altitude.

Amarnath Yatra 2015 commences on July 2, concludes on Aug 29

  Amarnath Cave is a cave temple to Lord Shiva in Jammu and Kashmir, the northern-most State bordering Pakistan and China. J&K is composed of three regions, viz., Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, located northwards in that order. Kargil, now wellknown for the war with Pakistan a few years ago, falls in Ladakh, mostly inhabited by Buddhists. Kashmir has Muslim majority and Jammu, down south, touching the mainland, has majority Hindus. Amarnath is 140 km away from State Capital Srinagar, in Anantnag district of Kashmir. It is at an altitude of 13,000 ft. The Amarnath yatra usually begins in June every year and is seasonal. This year it is scheduled to commence on...

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July 4, 2015
Amarnath yatra makes progress without incidents
The Amarnath yatra has made steady progress to the cave shrine as 18,321 yatris have had the darshan of the ice lingam till Friday evening, the second day of the year's pilgrimage.
     Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir): The annual Amarnath Yatra to the cave shrine of Shiva in south Kashmir Himalayas started on Thursday (July 2) withn 8,000 pilgrims from Pahalgam and Baltal base camps on the two routes leaving for the temple. Over 6,000 of them were on Baltal route and 2000 started off from Pahalgam base. The pilgrims included men and women of all ages and a large number of sadhus.

On the second day of the Amarnath yatra on Friday (July 3), 9920 yatris paid obeisance at the holy cave shrine, taking the total number of devotees to 18,321 yatris since Thursday.

The idol at Amarnath is a naturally formed Shiva linga, of ice stalagmite. It waxes and wanes with the moon. The season starts on the auspicious day of Purshotam Purnima as per the Hindu calendar (this year July 2) and concludes on August 29 marked day Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan day).

The shrine of Amarnath, located at an altitude of 13,000 ft., is 140 km from the State Capital Srinagar, in Anantnag district of Kashmir region of Jammu and Kashmir State. The yatra season will come to an end on August 29.

The pilgrimage, restricted to registrants, is reportedly progessing well in pleasant weather, although at times cloudy. The police, paramilitary forces and army units have been deployed en route to prevent any misadventure by Kashmir secessionist militants.

The first batch of the Amarnath yatra from flagged off from Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu on Wednesday (July 1) in the presence ministers and other dignitaries.

This year the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board has entered into a deal with Pawan Hans Limited and Global Vectra Helicorp Limited for helicopter services on the Neelgrath (Baltal)-Panjtarni sector and Himalayan Heli Services Private Limited for Pahalgam-Panjtarni sector. The bookings had started in March last. The one-way fare is Rs 1950 and Rs 4190 for the routes, respectively. the booking is done online at the companies' websites ( ; and

The pilgrims using the copter services are not required to seek advance registration as the tickets are considered as travel permits for Amarnath yatra. However, medical certificate is compulsory.

For pilgrimage to Amarnath by road the pilgrims are required to take registration providing medical certificate and other papers.

Registration is mandatory SEE STEP-BY-STEP DETAILS .

For on-the-spot registration SEE

The advance registration is done through designated bank branches. Visit the SASB website for details.

All rules relating to the Amarnath yatra are made by the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), which is responsible for making all arrangements for the yatris like shelters, security, medical aid and travel facilities.

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