The yatra to the Vaishno Devi shrine atop Trikuta hills in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district resumed on Saturday morning after it had been temporarily suspended overnight due to heavy rains, officials said.
Over 1,500 devotees were allowed to resume the journey on the old track around 6.30 am from Darshani Dodi in Katra, the base camp for the yatra, they said. However, the Himkoti track, also known as the new track, is still closed due to ongoing clearance operation, and the helicopter service remained suspended due to bad weather, officials said.
The yatra was halted on Friday evening for a brief period after flash floods due to heavy downpour in the Trikuta hills. Thousands of pilgrims were present at the shrine when it started raining heavily around 6 pm and continued till midnight. According to available information, a flood-like situation emerged in the Banganga and Himkoti area enroute to the cave shrine. While the yatra was resumed after some time, it had been halted till 5 am on Saturday.
While there was no loss of life or injury reported, several videos shared on social media showed flood-like situations on the Vaishno Devi track. Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Anshul Garg said there was no report of any casualty or damage due to the heavy rainfall.
(With PTI inputs)