Fresh batches leave for holy cave, 2.95 lakh pilgrims have darshan so far

SRINAGAR

Fresh batches of pilgrims on Wednesday left base camps for the holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, where so far 2.95 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance since the commencement of the annual pilgrimage from both shortest Baltal and traditional Pahalgam tracks from July 1.

Fresh batch of 2,723 pilgrims, including women, sadhus, sadhvis and children left Bhagwati Najar, Jammu, base camp under unprecedented security arrangements for Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camps early this morning.

Yatra was progressing smoothly from both Baltal and Pahalgam routes and the weather is pleasant, a yatra official told UNI today.

He said 8,659 pilgrims, including women, sadhus and sadhvis besides children had darshan of the self made Ice-Shivlingam at the cave shrine yesterday.

Chanting ‘Har Har Mahadev’ and ‘Bam Bam Bholay’, fresh batch of pilgrims left Baltal base camp for the holy cave shrine early this morning. Pilgrims after covering the distance on foot are scheduled to reach the cave shrine this afternoon. Pilgrims, who had darshan at the cave shrine on Sunday, have started their return journey towards Baltal base camp.

He said fresh batch of pilgrims also left Nunwan Pahalgam base camp for Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station on the traditional route. After night halt there, pilgrims will leave for next halting station on foot tomorrow.

Pilgrims, who had night halt at different halting stations on the traditional track, have also started their journey towards the cave shrine early this morning.

Since this morning, pilgrims, who had night halt at nearby station, are reaching cave shrine to pay obeisance.

A record 2.95 lakh pilgrims have already paid obeisance at the Amarnath holy cave shrine till this morning from July 1 and the yatra will conclude on August 15.