Srinagar, Jul 12 : Fresh batches of pilgrims on early Friday morning left Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camps to have darshan at holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, where so far 1.45 lakh yatris had darshan of the self-made Ice-Shivlingam since the commencement of the annual yatra from July 1.
The yatra was progressing smoothly from both traditional Pahalgam and shortest Baltal tracks, a yatra official told UNI.
All arrangements are in place for conducting age-old tradition, rituals namely 'Bhoomi-Pujan', 'Navgrah Pujan' and 'Dhawajarohan' connected with the commencement of annual Chhari-Mubarak shall be performed at Pahalgam on the auspicious occasion of 'Ashad-Purnima' (Vyas-Purnima) that falls on July 16. The annual yatra will conclude on August 15 the Shravanpurnima (Rakshabandan Day).
A fresh batch of pilgrims, including women, sadhus and sadhvis left Bagwati Nagar, Jammu, early this morning for Baltal base camp in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal and Nunwan Pahalgam in Anantnag.
Yatra official said 1,44,058 pilgrims, including women and sadhus, from different parts of the country have paid obeisance at the holy cave since the commencement of the pilgrimage from July 1 till Thursday night. Since early this morning, over 1,000 yatris, who had night halt at different halting stations have darshan of the self made Ice-Shivlingam and more yatris are on their way to holy cave.
He said 'Har Har Mahadev and Bam Bam Bholay' rented in the air when fresh batch of pilgrims, including women, children and sadhus left Nunwan Pahalgam base camp for Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station on traditional yatra track. The pilgrims, who had night halt at different stations, including Chandanwari, left for next stations early this morning.
He said fresh batch of pilgrims also left Baltal base camp for the holy cave early this morning. The pilgrims, including women, children and sadhus, will reach the holy cave after covering the distance on foot, he said.
Helicopter service is also operating normally from both sides. He said majority pilgrims, even those who are undertaking the pilgrimage via Pahalgam are returning through Baltal route.
Majority of the pilgrims, who had darshan at the cave shrine, left for their homes. However, some pilgrims are taking time to visit Dal Lake and other tourist places, including Gulmarg, Sonamarg and Pahalgam before leaving for home.(UNI)