Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022

Another Batch Of Pilgrims Leave For Amarnath Shrine Amid Tight Security

Another batch of 6,351 pilgrims begins their annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Amarnath on 5th July amid tight security in Kashmir.

Amarnath Yatra 2022 Photo: PTI

Amid tight security, the sixth batch of over 6,300 Amarnath pilgrims on Tuesday left for the 3,880-meter-high cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir, officials said.  A total of 6,351 pilgrims left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas here in a convoy of 239 vehicles amid heavy security of CRPF, the officials said. 

 Of these, 4,864 are males, 1,284 females, 56 children, 127 sadhus, 19 sadhvis, and one transgender, they said.

Officials report that 2,028 pilgrims heading for Baltal base camp were the first to leave in 88 vehicles around 3.35 am followed by the second convoy of 151 vehicles carrying 4,323 pilgrims for Pahalgam camp in Kashmir. 

The annual 43-day pilgrimage commenced on June 30 from the twin base camps -- Nunwan in Pahalgam of south Kashmir's Anantnag and Baltal camp in central Kashmir's Ganderbal district.

Till today, over 72,000 pilgrims had offered their prayers at the cave shrine, housing the naturally formed ice-Shivlingam, the officials said. The Yatra is scheduled to end on August 11 on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.