Amarnath Yatra Ends Peacefully, 3.65 lakh pilgrims perform Yatra: Manoj Sinha

Srinagar, Aug 12 (KNS): Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Friday said that the yatra, which started on June 30 this year, witnessed 3.65 lakh yatris as the 43-day yatra was officially ended peacefully on August 11 on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. 

The LG while addressing a preser says that around 3.65 lakh yatris have visited the Amarnath cave shrine this year. "Yatris came from all over the country for Darshan. During the 40 day pilgrimage, there was erratic weather for about 20 days during which the pilgrims were being informed while all measures were being taken," the LG said. 

Earlier today, he performed 'Samapan Pooja' which marks the end of annual Shri Amarnathji Yatra. Prayed for peace, progress & prosperity of people. "I truly admire and appreciate selfless contribution of all stakeholders & citizens for making this difficult Yatra hassle-free for pilgrims," he said. 

Saying that yatris expressed their satisfaction to the arrangements made by administration, he said that  overall the Yatra remained peaceful from both base camps Baltal in Sonmarg and Chandanwari. 

"I am grateful to the people who have welcomed the pilgrims and provided them with all facilities. The security agencies have played an important role during the Yatra which has been completed in peace and order," he added. 

He has further said that tourism has not been affected at all by the Amarnath Yatra. "I would like to thank the Police Force and CRPF, SDRF, Armed forces who ensured that the Amarnath Yatra ends peacefully," he said.(KNS)

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