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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Online registration - Amarnath Yatra

this year, the annual amarnath yatra is allowed by the government from 7th june to 5th august. for those who are not aware of these dates etc., they may be known that the amarnath caveshrine in the kashmir valley gets submerged under snow during winter and when the snow melts during summer, it becomes possible for the trekkers to trek through many ice clad mountains spending time at a height of nearly 15000 feet and pass through icy glaciers to reach the cave where a naturally formed shivling of ice is found inside the cave.

while there are two paths to reach this amarnath cave shrine through the more famous pahalgam route (though long) through which one can have darshan of seshnag, the other path through baltal (very short) is preferred by those who cannot trek, for the distance is very small and to and fro trekking from baltal to the amarnath cave and back to baltal can be completed between a morning and an evening. furthermore, there are two helicopters running continuously from morning to evening from baltal to the cave which hardly takes 7 minutes.

registration for the yatra begins from 20th may at all branches of jammu and kashmir bank or can be done easily through their website www.jkbank.com

1.55 lakh people, so far, register for Amarnath yatra
7 Jun 2009, 1343 hrs IST, PTI

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JAMMU: With the annual Amarnath yatra set to commence from June 15, over 1.55 lakh people have so far registered themselves for the

"Over 1.55 lakh devotees have been registered for Amarnath pilgrimage at 110 registration counters across the country and online till today. The highest number of 52,700, have been registered from Delhi zone," sources said.

Of the total registered, 71,700 people have been registered for pilgrimage via Baltal route, while 82,300 others will trek via Pahalgam route, they said.

As many as 31,400 pilgrims have been registered in Mumbai zone, 2,700 in south zone, 31,600 in Chandigarh-Mohile zone, 1,700 in Kashmir zone and 4,000 in Jammu zone.

The yatra to the cave shrine of Lord Shiva in South Kashmir was postponed from June 7 to June 15 in view of heavy accumulation of snow on the routes leading to Amarnath.

The two-month long pilgrimage to the 3,880-metre-high shrine will conclude on August 5.

Last year, over 4.5 lakh pilgrims had participated in the yatra.

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