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Batch of 388 pilgrims leave for Amarnath cave shrine from Jammu

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Jammu: A batch of 388 pilgrims left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp here on Thursday to pay obeisance at the 3,880-metre-high cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, officials said.

The 43-day Yatra commenced on June 30 from the twin base camps — traditional 48-km Nunwan-Pahalgam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag and 14-km shorter Baltal in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.

The 35th batch left in a convoy of nine vehicles amid heavy security of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), they said.

According to officials, 103 pilgrims heading for Baltal were the first to leave the Jammu base camp in four vehicles, followed by the second convoy of 12 vehicles carrying 285 pilgrims for Pahalgam.

Officials attribute the fall in the number of pilgrims visiting the cave shrine to twin factors — poor weather conditions and the Yatra inching towards its conclusion.

A total of 1,43,919 pilgrims have left from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp for the Valley since June 29.

The Yatra is scheduled to end on August 11, coinciding with Raksha Bandhan.

A total of 36 people, mostly pilgrims, have died during the ongoing Amarnath Yatra till now. Additionally, 15 pilgrims had died in the flash floods at the cave shrine on July 01.



7th batch of over 600 pilgrims leave for Buddha Amarnath in Poonch

Jammu, Aug 04: Amid tight security, the seventh batch of over 600 Buddha Amarnath pilgrims left the basecamp in Jammu on Thursday for the shrine in the Poonch district, officials said.

The Buddha Amarnath Yatra resumed on July 29 after a gap of two years owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pilgrimage will culminate on August 8 with the departure of ‘Chari Mubarak’ from Shri Dashnami Akhara Poonch.

A batch of 632 pilgrims left in 15 vehicles from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu for the shrine amid tight security, officials said.

The temple of Baba Buddha Amarnath, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is also known as Chattani Baba Amarnath temple. It is located at 4,600 feet above sea level and is 290 kilometres northwest of Jammu.

A multi-tier security has been put in place at the shrine and on the route to ensure an incident-free pilgrimage this year, officials said.

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