The movement of pilgrims to the Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra town of Reasi district in Jammu and Kashmir has again been suspended until Sunday morning due to bad weather conditions in the region.
A statement from the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Council on Saturday evening said, “Due to inclement weather, Yatra has been suspended until the morning of August 21.”
According to reports, there have been heavy rains in the area, following which the authorities have decided to stop the upward movement of pilgrims overnight as a precaution.
The pilgrimage had resumed earlier in the day, after a temporary suspension due to flash floods triggered by heavy rains in the region.
“Following heavy rains, the upward movement of pilgrims to Vaishno Devi Temple has been halted from Katra. Priority is given to descending pilgrims. Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have already been deployed, the situation is being monitored. No untoward incidents have been reported so far,” the board said on Friday evening.
However, the movement of worshipers resumed on Saturday morning after the weather improved.
In July, a downpour hit the area of the sacred cave of Amarnath, resulting in a heavy discharge of water in the ‘nullah’, adjoining the sacred cave, following which the road to Amarnath was damaged, the yatra stopped for a while. time.
(With the contributions of the office and the agency)
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