Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Amarnath lingam melts 10 days before yatra-end

The unprecedented rush of pilgrims to Amarnath this year has contributed to the ice Shivling in the holy mountain cave completely melting away more than 10 days before the end of the yatra.

Officials said around 6.15 lakh people have so far completed the annual pilgrimage, the highest in the yatra's history. Unofficial sources put the number at more than 7 lakh. At the height of the yatra in the first half of July, about 25,000 yatris were visiting the shrine each day.

The yatra ends on Shravan Purnima on August 13

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