First batch of Amarnath pilgrims arrives in Jammu
The annual AmarnathYatra informally commenced Tuesday with the arrival of first batch of pilgrims at Jammu base camp.
The first batch pilgrims will leave for Kashmir on Wednesday morning from Jammu YatriNiwas, Bhagwati Nagar amid tight security arrangements.
The 59-day yatra will formally commence on July 2 on the day of 'PurshotamPurnima' as per the Hindu Calendar and conclude on August 29, the day of ShravanPurnima (RakshaBandhan).
The Cave Shrine of Amarnath is managed by Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), which was constituted by an Act of the Jammu & Kashmir State Legislature in 2000 with Governor of Jammu and Kashmir as its ex-officio Chairman.
Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and other senior state ministers are likely to participate in 'PrathamPooja' in front of the Ice- Lingam.
A three-tier security ring, comprising of police, CRPF, BSF and Army, is in place along the route to Amarnath cave shrine.
Earlier, Minister for Health and Medical Education ChoudharyLal Singh received the first batch of 5100 pilgrims at Lakhanpur base camp.
Deputy Chief Minister, DrNirmal Singh today launched Shri AmarnathJiYatra helpline website developed by National Informatics Centre.
The website would be providing detailed information about the registration process, online booking of helicopter tickets, medical helpline, daily updates for yatris, a list of bank branches for registration of yatra 2015 and weather updates.