Amarnath Yatra crosses 1.5 lakh mark in 12 days

The number of pilgrims who have paid obedience at Amarnath shrine in Pahalgam so far crossed 1.5 lakh mark in first 12 days. Till Friday night, 1,57,062 pilgrims had offered prayers at the cave shrine.

On the 12th day of the ongoing pilgrimage today, 13,004 Yatris paid obeisance at the cave shrine.

Earlier, a batch of 5,395 pilgrims left Jammu for the Amarnath Yatra. They left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in two escorted convoys of vehicles and headed to the Baltal and Pahalgam base camps, an official said.

He said that of these, 1,966 pilgrims are going to Baltal base camp while 3,429 are going to Pahalgam base camp.

The 45-day long annual Amarnath Yatra which started on July 1 has been going on smoothly. Though the pilgrimage was halted on July 8 from Jammu after officials did not allow any convoy of pilgrims to leave Bhagwati Nagar base camp as precautionary measure in wake of strike in the Valley, marking the third death anniversary of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, but pilgrims proceeds normally from two routes, Baltal and Pahalgam, towards the cave. The pilgrimage will end on August 15, coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.