15.7 C
New Delhi
Sunday 15 December 2019
India Over 8 lakh pilgrims visited Amarnath shrine in last...

Over 8 lakh pilgrims visited Amarnath shrine in last 3 years

Jammu: Over eight lakh pilgrims paid obeisance at the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas in the last three years, the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly was informed today.

In a written reply to a question raised by National Conference MLA Mian Altaf Ahmad, Health Minister Bali Bhagat said while the highest number of 3,52,771 pilgrims visited the cave shrine in 2015, the number fell to 2,20,490 in 2016, the year which witnessed unrest in the valley following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

However, he said the number rose to 2,60,003 last year.

Last year in July, a terror attack on a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag district of south Kashmir left seven pilgrims dead and 15 others injured.

The nearly two month annual pilgrimage usually starts in the last week of June from the twin routes of Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district.

While Pahalgam is the traditional 45-km route to the cave shrine, majority of the pilgrims prefer the shortest 16- km route from Baltal to pay their obeisance at the shrine, which houses the naturally formed ice-lingam.

The minister said the pilgrims are being provided adequate medical facilities at various places en route the shrine.

Large number of pilgrims availed medical facilities, he said adding while 1,97,000 were treated in OPD s in Kashmir last year, the number stood at 1,24,000 in 2016 and 1,74,000 in 2015.

In Jammu, 89,823 pilgrims were treated in various district health facilities last year against 89,311 in the previous year, he said.

He said 16,984 availed the facility of in-patient department in Kashmir valley last year, while the number of such patients was 8,651 in 2016 and 14,686 in 2015.

A total of 8,125 pilgrims had suffered injuries during the pilgrimage last year against 6,348 in 2016 and 12,528 in 2015, the minister said.

A huge number of pilgrims also availed the AYUSH facility made available by the government at various camps en route the shrine, the minister said.

He said while 23,161 pilgrims attended AYUSH camps last year, the number was 49,640 in 2016.

The minister said the department has over the years vigorously propagated the need for pilgrims to visit medical facilities while travelling in this high altitude area.


Subscribe to our newsletter

You will get all our latest news and articles via email when you subscribe

The email despatches will be non-commercial in nature
Disputes, if any, subject to jurisdiction in New Delhi

Leave a Reply


Justice That Is Instant Is Travesty

But neither the state nor society can wash their hands off this social craving for settling scores in the name of doing justice to the victim

Karnataka Voters Punished INC, JDS Leaders

Even the BJP was not confident of the result even as their leaders kept saying for public consumption they were winning all the 15 seats

The United States Of The World

The United States, stereotyped as the land of plenty and plentiful guns, is still a destination of choice for people from across the world

प्याज़ के आँसू न रोएँ — महंगाई से किसान, उपभोक्ता दोनों को फ़ायदा

जिस अल्प मुद्रास्फीति की वजह से वे सरकार से बहुत खुश थे, उसी 1.38 प्रतिशत की खाद्यान्न मुद्रास्फीति के कारण किसानों को अपने पैदावार के लिए समुचित मूल्य नहीं मिल रहे थे

CAB Can Correct Wrongs Of NRC

… if the government can fix the inept bureaucracy and explain what happens to those marked as aliens, as the neighbours are not taking them back
- Advertisement -


Decision to amend Citizenship Act 1,000% honest: PM Modi

'We have brought this law to give citizenship to minorities of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who have endured a lot of persecution'

Nirbhaya case convicts: Why 2 will take longer to die

Further, a source in the jail said while four rapists and killers of Nirbhaya are supposed to hang on one day, they have ordered 10 ropes

India to begin ODI series as favourites against West Indies

Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran have shown their ability in T20; if the WI must challenge India, they will have to do the same in ODIs

‘Rahul Savarkar’ remark riles INC ally Shiv Sena

More newsworthy than the BJP's response that Rahul cannot even dream of being a Savarkar is the protest by Shiv Sena, INC's ally in Maharashtra

Leela Samson, favourite artiste of UPA, arrested for corruption

The CBI had received a complaint on 31 May 2017 about some 'unfruitful expenditure' of Rs 7.02 crore on the renovation of Koothambalam Auditorium at the Kalakshetra Foundation

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you

For fearless journalism

%d bloggers like this: