Srinagar, Aug 10: Fresh batches of pilgrims, including women and sadhus, left base camps on Friday for the holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir, where over 2.76 lakh yatris had paid obeisance since the commencement of the 60-day-long yatra from June 28.
A fresh batch of 269 pilgrims left Bhagwati Nagar, Jammu, camp to undertake the yatra from shortest Baltal and traditional Pahalgam tracks. On Thursday, the 43rd day of the pilgrimage, 113 pilgrims had paid obeisance at the cave shrine, where more yatris are reaching since early this morning after having night halt at nearby camps. With this, over 2.76 lakh pilgrims had darshan at the cave shrine since June 28. Majority of the pilgrims had returned to their homes after the annual pilgrimage. However, many pilgrims are visiting tourist places while others are going to Mata Vaishnodevi shrine.
A fresh batch of small number of yatris left Nunwan Pahalgam base camp for Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station on traditional route. Meanwhile, pilgrims who had night halt at Chandanwari and other halting stations on traditional route have also started their foot journey towards the cave shrine.
A fresh batch of pilgrims left Baltal base camp for the holy cave shrine this morning. They said the yatris started their foot journey towards the cave. The pilgrims are expected to reach the holy cave in the afternoon to pay obeisance after covering the 14 km hilly track on foot. The pilgrims, who had night halt at cave shrine after darshan, have also started their return journey towards Baltal base camp.UNI