Small batch of 125 pilgrims leaves for Amarnath, no yatri from Pahalgam

A small batch of 125 pilgrims has left Baltal base camp for the holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, where so far about 2.73 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance since the commencement of the 60-day-long yatra which commenced from June 28 and conclude on August 26.

Since yatris were not allowed to leave Bhagtwari Nagar, Jammu, camp for Kashmir, on Sunday and Monday for security reasons following strike called by separatists, there was no pilgrim at Nunwan Pahalgam base camp to undertake yatra from traditional track.

On 39th day on Sunday, 1529 pilgrims had darshan at the holy cave. However, pilgrims, who had night halt at different halting stations are reaching holy cave since early this morning to pay obeisance. So far 335 have darshan since this morning and more are on way to cave shrine, they said.

So far about 2.73 lakh pilgrims had darshan of the self made Ice-Shivlingam. Majority of the pilgrims had returned to their homes. However, 31 pilgrims and five sevadars have died during the pilgrims due to health reasons and accidents.

For the second day today no pilgrims, who had returned after darshan, were allowed to leave base camp in Kashmir for Jammu for security reasons following strike called by separatists against alleged attempts to abrogate Article 35 A of the constitution. Similarly no fresh pilgrim was allowed to leave for Kashmir from Jammu on Monday.

A small batch of 125 pilgrims, including six women, left Baltal base camp for the holy cave shrine early this morning . They said the yatris started their foot journey towards the cave shrine early this morning.

The pilgrims after covering the 14-km-long hilly track are expected to reach the holy cave on Monday afternoon to pay obeisance. The pilgrims who had night halt at cave shrine after darshan, have also started their return journey towards Baltal base camp.

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