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52,000 pilgrims register for Amarnath yatra: SASB

As many as 52,000 pilgrims have registered themselves in the first three days of commencement of registration for the annual Amarnath yatra starting from June 15, a spokesman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) said.

india Updated: May 28, 2009 00:41 IST

As many as 52,000 pilgrims have registered themselves in the first three days of commencement of registration for the annual Amarnath yatra starting from June 15, a spokesman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) said on Wednesday.

"The 110 special counters set up at Jammu and Kashmir Bank across the country have registered nearly 52,000 pilgrims in the first three days since the commencement of advance registration," the spokesman said in a statement in Srinagar.

He said as many as 51,518 pilgrims registered themselves online from May 20 to May 23.

Around 26,787 pilgrims registered from the traditional 46-km route via Pahalgam in South Kashmir Anantnag district while 24,731 registered from the shortest 16-km route via Baltal in Ganderbal district, the spokesman said.

Registration of pilgrims from Pahalgam route will close on August two while that for Baltal route will close on August four.

The yatra was postponed from June 7 to June 15 in view of heavy accumulation of snow on the twin routes leading to the 3,880-metre-high holy cave shrine.

The annual two-month pilgrimage will conclude on August five. Last year, over 4.5 Lakh pilgrims had participated in the yatra.