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11038 pilgrims pay obeisance at the Amarnath cave

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Srinagar, Jul 14: On the 17th day of the ongoing Amarnath Yatra, 11,038 pilgrims paid obeisance at the cave shrine, officials said.

They said till date 1,76,044 pilgrims have had ‘darshan’ of the Shivling at the cave shrine.

Earlier today, a fresh batch of over 3,000 pilgrims left Jammu for the cave in south Kashmir Himalayas.

The 60-day Yatra commenced from the twin routes of Baltal in Ganderbal and Pahalgam in Anantnag districts on June 28 and till yesterday over 1.65 lakh pilgrims from across the country visited the cave shrine, officials said.

“The fresh batch of 3,048 pilgrims, including 623 women and 144 Sadhus, left Jammu in 112 vehicles for the twin base camps in the Valley under tight security in the wee hours,” a police official said.

He said while 1,973 pilgrims, including 310 women and 144 Sadhus, were heading for the Nunwan base camp along the 36-km Pahalgam track, 1,075 pilgrims have opted the shortest 12-km Baltal route. They reached the base camp later in the day.

The Yatra is scheduled to conclude on August 26 coinciding with ‘Raksha Bandhan’ festival.

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