A day after calling back Amarnath Yatris, Machail pilgrimage gets suspended too

Srinagar | The Governor Satya Pal Malik’s administration in Jammu and Kashmir has suspended the Machail Yatra a day after calling off Amarnath Yatra.

The annual Machail Mata pilgrimage in hilly Kishtwar’s Paddar area adjoining Kashmir Valley had started is a 43-day Yatra which was to continue till the first week of September.

“The yatra has been suspended with immediate effect due to security reasons,” Deputy Commissioner of Kishtwar Angrez Singh Rana said.

Authorities have asked the on the way Yatris to go back and the ones who haven’t, should abort it.

Thousands of devotees from across the country visit the scenic Paddar valley, also famous for its sapphire mines, during the yatra and pay obeisance at the holy shrine of goddess Durga in Machail village of Kishtwar after trekking a 30-km arduous route.

Yesterday, the Amarnath Yatra was suspended due to security reasons, triggering panic and worry among the people due to increased movement in the valley.

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