Fresh batches leave for holy Cave, 2.17 lakh perform darshan

Despite curfew, restrictions, strike and daily clashes across the Kashmir valley, annual Amarnath pilgrimage was progressing smoothly as fresh batches of pilgrims left Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camps for the holy Cave in south Kashmir Himalayas this morning.
The weather was pleasant and yatra was progressing smoothly from both shortest Baltal and traditional Pahalgam tracks and so far 2.17 lakh pilgrims had paid obeisance at the cave shrine since the commencement of the yatra fron July 2, a yatra official said here.

He said fresh batch of yatris, who had night halt at Panjterni, arrived at the cave shine and paid obeisance today. More pilgrims are also reaching the cave shrine, he said. The official said fresh batch of pilgrims, including women and sadhus, left Baltal base camp for the holy cave. The pilgrims are likely to reach the cave shrine in the afternoon after covering the hilly terrain on foot.

Meanwhile, pilgrims, who had night halt at different halting stations on the track also started their journey towards the shrine early this morning. Meanwhile, 501 yatris paid obeisance yesterday on the 34th day of 48-day-long annual yatra from July 2. Now 2.17 lakh Yatris had darshan at the Holy Cave. Majority pilgrims had since returned to their homes.

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