15th batch of 3,967 pilgrims leaves Jammu for Amarnath Yatra

So far 75,597 pilgrims had left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp here to undertake the yatra under security cover being provided by the state administration.
15th batch of 3,967 pilgrims leaves Jammu for Amarnath Yatra

The 15th batch of 3,967 pilgrims left the Bhagwati Nagarbase camp here on Tuesday to pay obeisance at the 3,880-metre-high cave shrineof Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, officials said.

The 46-day yatra, which started from the twin routes —traditional 36-km Pahalgam in Anantnag district and 14-km shorter Baltal inGanderbal district –on July 1, is heading to cross the two lakh mark mostlikely later in the day, they said.

As many as 1,94,488 pilgrims had 'darshan' of the naturallyformed shivling at the shrine till 10 am on Tuesday, while thousands more arewalking their distance to offer prayers, the officials said.

A convoy of 165 vehicles carrying 3,967 pilgrims left theBhagwati Nagar base camp early Tuesday under tight security arrangements andwill be reaching the Pahalgam and Baltal base camps later in the day.

The officials said 2,352 pilgrims, including 455 women, 35children and 121 seers, are heading for Pahalgam to undertake the yatra fromthere, while the rest of 1,615 pilgrims, including 485 women and 18 children,are performing the yatra from the Baltal track.

So far 75,597 pilgrims had left the Bhagwati Nagar base camphere to undertake the yatra under security cover being provided by the stateadministration.

The yatra is scheduled to end on August 15 coinciding withthe Raksha Bandhan festival.

As many as 2,85,006 lakh pilgrims had paid obeisance at theshrine last year, while the number of pilgrims was 3,52,771 in 2015, 3,20,490in 2016 and 2,60,003 in 2017.

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