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The Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage in photos

by | 24th, June 2012

FACES of the day: Hindu holy men attend the Amarnath Yatra, an annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave shrine, in Jammu, India. The Amarnath shrine is home to a big icicle revered by Hindus as an incarnation of Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and regeneration. This is the the south Kashmir Himalayas. If the militants and separatists don’t get the pilgrims, the cold and arduous nature of the pilgrimage might. In 2011,  107 pilgrims lost their lives this year, most from heart failure. In 2001, 12 people were murdered by a militant armed with two grenades, who shot indiscriminately near the cave. This is tough trip in a troubled region. Everyone needs to chill out. Pass the smokes:

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A Hindu holy man smokes outside the registration counter for the annual Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage in Jammu, India, Thursday, June 21, 2012. Amarnath houses an ice stalagmite worshipped by Hindus as an incarnation of Lord Shiva, the god of destruction and creation and the pilgrimage is scheduled to begin from June 25. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)



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