Over 25,000 pilgrims visit Amarnath shrine, total crosses 1.30 lakh

Amid heavy rains, 5600 more pilgrims begin Yatra


SRINAGAR: The number of pilgrims who paid obeisance to Lord Shiva at Amarnath cave shrine in South Kashmir crossed the 1.30 lakh mark on Thursday, officials said.
“Nearly 25,000 pilgrims performed the yatra on Thursday and had darshan of Baba Bholenath on the sixth day of the annual yatra,” the officials said.
They said the number of pilgrims who reached the 3,880-metre-high cave shrine now stands at 1,30,260.
The officials said 16,667 male pilgrims, 5,367 female pilgrims, 520 Sadhus and two Sadhvis were among those who paid obeisance at the cave shrine.
Over 2,000 security forces, seven transgenders and 354 children also performed the pilgrimage.
The 52-day pilgrimage will conclude on August 19.
More than 4.5 lakh pilgrims paid obeisance at the cave shrine last year.
Meanwhile, despite heavy rains, a contingent of over 5,600 pilgrims set off from Jammu towards the twin base camps, Baltal and Palagam, of the Amarnath cave shrine this morning, officials said. The seventh batch of pilgrims included 4,487 men, 1,011 women, 10 children and 188 ‘Sadhus’ and ‘Sadhvis’ who departed at 3.13 am in 219 vehicles, under the escort of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp, the officials said.
Of these, 3,668 pilgrims opted for the traditional 48 km Pahalgam route, while 2,028 chose the shorter but steeper 14 km Baltal route, they said.

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