Batch of 4094 pilgrims leaves Jammu

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 7/21/2019 12:45:39 PM

2,59,889 Yatris pay obeisance so far

JAMMU, Jul 20: A batch of 4,094 pilgrims left Bhagwati Nagar base camp at Jammu on Saturday to perform the Amarnath Yatra.
The latest batch, which also included 20 children, left in a fleet of 175 vehicles under tight security arrangements from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in the early hours of Saturday.
Among the pilgrims who left for the valley from the Bhawati Nagar base camp, 2,408 yatris including 389 women, nine children and 144 sadhus are performing the yatra from Pahalgam side, while 1,686 devotees including 566 women and 11 children are heading for Baltal to undertake the yatra from there, the officials said. They said with this batch, a total of 92,069 pilgrims have left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp to undertake the yatra since June 30, a day ahead of the official commencement of the pilgrimage.
The yatra is going on smoothly from both the tracks -- traditional 36-km Pahalgam and shorter 14-km Baltal route, the officials said, adding the yatra resumed from Baltal route on Saturday morning after the upward movement was suspended Friday due to rain and slippery track conditions.
The pilgrimage is scheduled to end on August 15 coinciding the Raksha Bandhan festival.
As many as 2,85,006 pilgrims had paid obeisance at the shrine last year, while the number of pilgrims was 3,52,771 in 2015, 3,20,490 in 2016 and 2,60,003 in 2017.
In the meanwhile, on the 20th day of the ongoing Yatra, 20,915 pilgrims paid obeisance at the holy cave.
The Yatra commenced from both Baltal and Pahalgam routes and is progressing smoothly. Till date, 2,59,889 Yatris had the darshan of the Shivling at the holy cave.



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