915 pilgrims leave Jammu for Amarnath cave shrine

Jammu, Aug 12: As many as 915 pilgrims left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp here for Kashmir on Saturday to perform the annual Amarnath pilgrimage after a break of one-day, officials said.
The pilgrims left in a convoy of 33 vehicles between amid tight security, they said.
675 devotees, including 97 women, 25 sadhus and three sadhvis, headed to the Pahalgam base camp in Anantnag district while 240 pilgrims are on their way to the Baltal base camp in Ganderbal district, informed officals.
So far, over 4.31 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the 3,880-metre-high holy cave shrine of Amarnath since the commencement of the annual 62-day yatra from the twin tracks — the traditional 48-km Nunwan-Pahalgam route and the shorter 14-km Baltal route — on July 1, according to the officials.
No yatri convoy left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp on Friday after the authorities decided to run the yatra alternatively from Jammu and Kashmir in view of a sharp decline in the number of pilgrim arrivals.
The decline started with the melting of the naturally formed ice shivling at the cave shrine on July 23.
The yatra will conclude on August 31, coinciding with the festival of Raksha Bandhan.