1974 pilgrims pay obeisance at Amarnath, about 2.68 lakhs have darshan so far

Srinagar, Aug 2: The Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir Himalayas was progressing smoothly as a fresh batch of 1974 yatris, including women and sadhus, paid obeisance at the cave shrine on Thursday, an official spokesman said here this evening.
He said on the 36th day of the ongoing 60-day-long pilgrimage, which commenced from June 28 from shortest Baltal and traditional Pahalgam tracks, 1974 pilgrims paid obeisance.
However, more pilgrims are also on way to holy cave while yatris who will have night halt in the nearby halting station will pay obeisance early tomorrow morning.
He said till date 2.68 lakh pilgrims had darshan of the self made Ice-Shivlingam so far.
Meanwhile a batch of 603 pilgrims today left the Bhagwati base camp here for the cave shrine of Amarnath, situated at the height of 3,880 metres in south Kashmir Himalayas, a police official said.
The batch left for Kashmir in the wee hours in a fleet of 16 vehicles under tight security, he said.
So far, 2.65 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance to Lord Shiva at the shrine since the yatra commenced from the twin routes of Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district on June 28.
However, the number of pilgrims undertaking the yatra has seen a marked dip over the past week due to the early melting of the naturally formed ice-‘Shivlingam’ at the sanctum sanctorum.
Yesterday, 1,874 pilgrims paid obeisance at the cave shrine, the police official said.
The 60-day pilgrimage will conclude on August 26, coinciding with the festival of ‘Raksha Bandhan’.