Amarnath Yatra: Over 40,000 pilgrims visit holy cave shrine so far; 5 dead

Five pilgrims have died since the commencement of the Amarnath Yatra this year, even as over 40,000 devotees have so far visited the holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, officials said on Sunday. A pilgrim by the name Virinder Gupta is missing from the yatra’s Chandanwari-Sheshnag route, they said. Of the … Read more

Jagannath Rath Yatra begins amid heavy security arrangements in Udaipur

The annual Jagannath Rath Yatra began in Udaipur on Friday amid heavy security arrangements, three days after a tailor was brutally murdered in the city triggering communal tensions. Special permission was given by the district administration to take out the procession as a curfew was clamped in seven police station areas on … Read more

Jagannath Rath Yatra begins in Ahmedabad; lakhs of devotees flock city

The 145th Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath commenced on Friday morning in the city amid tight security as lakhs of devotees from across the state are flocking the route to catch a glimpse of the deity and witness the religious extravaganza. Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel performed the ‘Pahind … Read more

Health ministry building two 50-bed hospitals for Amarnath Yatra pilgrims

For this year’s Amarnath Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre is taking steps to ensure healthcare facilities for the pilgrims, including setting up of two 50-bed hospitals at Baltal and Chandwari halts on the way to the cave shrine. The Amarnath Yatra has commenced on Thursday and will conclude on … Read more

Hundreds of thousands of people in Puri as countdown begins for Rath Yatra

As the countdown for the much-awaited Ratha Yatra of Lord Jagannath begins, thousands of devotees from across the country have started thronging this pilgrim town while three decorated chariots are parked in front of the 12th century shrine to be pulled on Friday. The enthusiasm among the devotees is … Read more

Amarnath Yatra begins, 2,750 pilgrims leaves base camp for cave shrine

The annual Amarnath Yatra began on Thursday as a batch of about 2,750 pilgrims left the base camp here for the cave shrine housing the naturally formed ice-lingam in the south Kashmir Himalayas. The pilgrimage was flagged off by Deputy Commissioner Piyush Singla at the Nunwan base camp in … Read more

J&K Lt Gov reviews security arrangements, preparations for Amarnath Yatra

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Govenor Manoj Sinha on Thursday reviewed security arrangements and preparations for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra which begins later this month, officials said. The unified command meeting was attended by the chief secretary and senior officers from the Home department, Jammu and Kashmir Police, Army, intelligence … Read more

Army’s Northern Commander reviews preparedness for upcoming Amarnath yatra

General Officer Commanding-in-chief, Northern Command, Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi on Saturday visited the counter-insurgency force (Delta) headquarters in Ramban district and reviewed its operational preparedness for smooth conduct of the upcoming Amarnath yatra, a defence spokesman said. Accompanied by General Officer Commanding of Jammu-based White Knight Corps Lt Gen … Read more

Ahead of Amarnath Yatra, forces concerned about ‘sticky bombs’, rework SOP

With the Amarnath Yatra around the corner, security forces in Jammu and Kashmir are concerned over terrorist groups possessing “sticky bombs” — explosives that can be attached to vehicles and detonated remotely — and are reshaping their standard operating procedure for the pilgrimage, officials said on Sunday. According to … Read more