1048 pay obeisance at Holy Cave today, total cross 2.15 lakh so far

Despite unrest in the Kashmir valley, the annual pilgrimage to Holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas was going on smoothly as today 1048 pilgrims paid obeisance.

An official spokesman said here this evening that pilgrims, including women and sadhus, from different parts of the country paid obeisance at the cave shrine since this morning. Though some of the pilgrims will have night halt at the cave shrine, others have returned to Baltal base camp after paying obeisance.

He said so far 2,15,015 Yatris had darshan at the Holy Cave since July 2. Majority of the pilgrims had returned to their homes.

Meanwhile, there was no yatri from Pahalgam today while about 200 pilgrims left Baltal base camp for Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, where so far 2.14 lakh pilgrims had paid obeisance since the commencement of the 48-day-long pilgrimage from July 2.

The weather was pleasant and pilgrimage was progressing smoothly, official sources told UNI.

They said since there was some law and order problem in Anantnag, pilgrims from Jammu were taken to Baltal base camp while others stayed at Qazigund camp.

No yatri could arrive at Nunwan Pahalgam base camp for security reasons as authorities donot want to take any chance since the vehicles carrying pilgrims had to pass Anantnag, they said adding therefore there was no yatri from this route today.

However, pilgrims who had night halt at Chandwari, the last motorable halting station on the traditional yatra route left for cave early this morning. Similarly other pilgrims who had night halt at different halting station are also moving towards the cave shrine today.

Meanwhile, pilgrims having night halt at Panjterni arrived at cave shrine today to paid obeisance.

Sources said about 200 pilgrims, including women and sadhus left Baltal base camp early this morning for the cave shrine.

The pilgrims are likely to reach the cave shrine later this afternoon after covering the hilly terrain on foot. Meanwhile, pilgrims who had darshan at the cave shrine yesterday and satayed there have also started their return journey for Baltal base camp early this morning.

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