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Fresh batch of 4213 pilgrims leaves Jammu base camp, Yatra to cross 3 lakh mark
Vikas Sharma
JAMMU, Jul 8: Amid tight security, a fresh batch of 4213 pilgrims, today left from here to the Amarnath cave shrine situated in South Kashmir Himalayas.

“The 14th batch of pilgrims comprising 3041 males, 842 females, 78 children and 252 sadhus left for the Amarnath this morning at 0500 hrs in a convoy of 136 vehicles, including 87 buses and 49 Light Motor Vehicles,” an official spokesman said.

The batch of pilgrims this morning left from the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas base camp here at around 0500 hours for the 3,888-metre-high holy cave, officials said

With today's batch, as many as 47,975 pilgrims have left Jammu for their onward journey to the Amarnath cave shrine. The convoy was not halted anywhere on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway despite rains and proceeded smoothly.

Spokesman further informed that though Amarnath Yatris rush is increasing day by day, the death toll has correspondingly gone up and 43 pilgrims have died in last 13 days since the yatra started on June 25.

It has to be mentioned that from last 13 days more than two lakh pilgrims have paid their obeisance at the holy cave of Shri Amarnath.

The spokesman said 20,861 pilgrims performed darshan at cave shrine situated at the height of 3,888 metres today. With this, the total number of pilgrims visiting holy cave has reached 2, 99,578. Till yesterday, 2, 78,717 yatris had performed darshan in holy cave, he added.

According to Met Department there would be one or two spells of rain on both shortest Baltal and traditional Pahalgam tracks with cloudy sky during the next 24 hours.

News Updated at : Monday, July 9, 2012
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