Amid tight security, the Amarnath yatra was flagged off by SSP Ganderbal Khalil Poswal and Gandetbal Additional Deputy Commissioner Shafaqat recently. However, visiting the holy shrine situated at an altitude of 3,888 meters is no easy feat. Recently, travelers encountered shooting stones on their way.
However, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) took control of the situation and braved shooting stones at a snow slope and placed shield wall to protect Amarnath yatris. The ITBP shared a video of the incident on their official Twitter handle.
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Meanwhile, more than 25 pilgrims reportedly suffered from breathlessness in the tough terrain and extreme weather condition of the route that leads to Amarnath Cave Shrine. They have been administered oxygen at 12,000 feet by ITBP personnel on Baltal route. The Indo-Tibetan Border Force posted pictures of jawans helping the batch of pilgrims left for Amarnath cave shrine from Baltal base camp.
The Amarnath Yatra is conducted every year during Shravani Mela, which starts from July and continues till August. The Yatra takes place from the traditional 36-km Pahalgam track in Anantnag district and 14-km Baltal route in Ganderbal district. The holy cave remains open during this period and it attracts lakhs of pilgrims every year to get a glimpse of the ice structure of Lord Shiva. The 46-day-long yatra kicked off on Monday.