Fresh batches of pilgrims on Monday left base camps to undertake annual pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, where so far 2.72 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance since the commencement of the yatra from July 1st.
Meanwhile, 3178 pilgrims, including women, sadhus, sadhvis and children left Bhagwati Nagar, Jammu, base camp under unprecedented security arrangements for Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camps early Monday morning.
Yatra from both shortest Baltal and traditional Pahalgam tracks was progressing smoothly and weather was also pleasant, a yatra official said.
He said 12115 pilgrims, including women, sadhus and Sadhvis besides children had darshan of the self made Ice-Shivlingam at the cave shrine on Sunday.
“Har Har Mahadev and Bam Bam Bolay” rented in air as fresh batch of pilgrims left Baltal base camp for the holy cave shrine. Pilgrims are scheduled to reach the cave shrine this afternoon after covering the entire hilly distance on foot.
Meanwhile, 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.
Meanwhile, 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 .
So far 2.72 lakh pilgrims had paid obeisance at the cave shrine where the annual yatra will conclude on August 15.