Amarnath Yatra 2017: Over 2 lakh pilgrims left for cave shrine from Jammu since 28 June

Jammu: As the Amarnath yatra entered its seventh day on Wednesday, over 90,000 pilgrims have paid obeisance at the cave shrine in south Kashmir.

Another batch of over 3,300 pilgrims on Wednesday left for the twin base-camps of the cave shrine.

"On Wednesday, on the seventh day of the yatra, 10,561 yatris paid obeisance at the holy cave and, cumulatively, since the beginning of the pilgrimage, 90,045 yatris have had the 'darshan'," an official spokesman said.

Chanting 'Jai Bholay Nath', the pilgrims - 2,604 males, 635 females and 102 sadhus and sadhvis left in 102 vehicles in a convoy for Amarnath on Wednesday morning. They were escorted by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicles, he said.

Jammu: Hindu devotees waiting in a queue to register for the annual pilgrimage to Amarnath cave shrine at a base camp in Jammu on Wednesday. PTI

Jammu: Hindu devotees waiting in a queue to register for the annual pilgrimage to Amarnath cave shrine at a base camp in Jammu on Wednesday. PTI

With today's batch, a total of 2,05,035 pilgrims and sadhus have left for Amarnath since the yatra began from Jammu on 28 June.

The annual pilgrimage in Kashmir began amid a terror threat, following an intelligence warning that prompted the authorities to mobilise the "highest level" of security measures, including satellite tracking system.

The government has mobilised a heavy security blanket of over 35,000 to 40,000 troops including the police, the Army, the BSF and the CRPF.

This year, the yatra will be eight days shorter and will conclude on 'Shravan Purnima' (Raksha Bandhan) on 7 August.

Situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of Lidder Valley, Amarnath shrine stands at 3,888 metres, 46 km from Pahalgam and 14 km from Baltal.


Updated Date: Jul 05, 2017 21:04 PM

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