Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra today joined a group of devotees to offer prayers at the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, marking the beginning of the annual pilgrimage. The Governor, who is also Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) which manages the 48-day-long pilgrimage, participated in ‘Pratham Puja’ and paid obeisance at the 3,880-metre high cave shrine housing the naturally-formed ice-shivlingam, officials said
The Home Minister was among the first devotees to pay obeisance at the shrine. Singh had visited the Amarnath shrine on the first day of the pilgrimage last year as well. Singh arrived here yesterday and reviewed the security situation at a high-level meeting in view of the recent spurt in militant attacks in the Valley. The security for the pilgrimage, which is being held in the shadow of recent terror attacks in the state, was also discussed in detail at the meeting.