Amarnath yatra progressing smoothly, 2.64 lakh pilgrims paid obeisance so far

Srinagar, Aug 1: The pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas was progressing smoothly, though the number of yatris had declined, as only about 700 pilgrims left the base camps to pay obeisance on Wednesday, official sources said.
Weather is pleasant and pilgrimage was going on smoothly from the shortest Baltal and the traditional Pahalgam tracks, official sources said.
The yatra will conclude on August 28, when the Chhari-Mubarak, the Silver Mace of Lord Shiva, is taken inside the cave shrine.
Th pilgrims, who had night halt at different camps, have paid obeisance at the cave shrine since early this morning. With this, a total of 2.63 lakh pilgrims had darshan of the self-made Ice Shivlingam at the cave shrine, so far.
On the 34st day of the ongoing Yatra, 1749 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave on Tuesday from the shortest Baltal and the traditional Pahalgam tracks.
A fresh batch of pilgrims, including women and sadhus, left Baltal base camp for the holy cave shrine on Wednesday morning. They said the yatris started their foot journey towards the cave shrine.
The devotees, after covering the 14-km hilly track, are expected to reach the holy cave in the afternoon, to pay obeisance.
The worshippers, who had night halt at cave shrine after darshan, have also started their return journey towards the Baltal base camp.
Similarly, a fresh batch of yatris left Nunwan Pahalgam base camp for first halting station at Chandanwari on the traditional track, connected by road.
However, majority of the pilgrims continued their journey towards the next halting station, they said, adding the yatris who had night halt at Chandanwari, also left for the next station, early on Wednesday morning.