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1,629  pilgrims pay obeisance at the Holy Cave

Jammu/Srinagar: A 56-year-old sadhu died due to illness even as a fresh batch of over 1,200 pilgrims left Jammu today for the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, officials said.

The sadhu, Omeshanand from West Bengal, fell ill at Ram Mandir in Jammu yesterday and was shifted to Government  Medical College where he died in the evening, they said.

Braving heavy rains which lashed many parts of Jammu last night, a fresh batch of 1,282 pilgrims, including 266 women and 87 sadhus, left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp here for Kashmir in the early hours today.

Meanwhile, on the 27th day of the ongoing Shri Amarnathji Yatra, 1,629 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave. Till date 2,42,165 Yatris had the darshan of the Shivling at the Holy Cave, an official spokesman said.

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