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Amarnath Yatra ends, over 3.70 lakh pilgrims this year

india Updated: Aug 10, 2014 14:26 IST

The 44-day-long Amarnath Yatra tothe holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas ended on Sunday, with nearly four lakh pilgrims paying obeisance to the naturally-formed ice-Shivlingam this year.

Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vohra, Mahant Dipendra Giri and a group of sadhus, who carried the Chhari Mubarik, (holy mace of Lord Shiva) were among the first to have the darshan in the morning, a senior police official said.

The yatra, which began on June 28 from the shorter Baltal route, was by and large peaceful with only aberration being clashes between local tentwallas and community kitchen operators at Baltal.

According to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, more than 3.70 lakh pilgrims performed darshan of the ice-Shivlingam formed in the 3880-metre high cave shrine.

Police said 46 pilgrims died during this year's pilgrimage due to various causes with cardiac arrest accounting for most of the deaths.

The deceased included 39 pilgrims, two Sadhus and five sevadars (volunteers). Four volunteers died in a fire incident inside a community kitchen.

'Chhari Mubarak', the holy mace of Lord Shiva, proceeded for the holy cave for Pujan from Panchtarani early in the morning to have the 'Darshan'.

Traditional rituals were performed and prayers were offered at the holy cave.

On August 12, after the 'puja' and 'visarjan' ceremonies at the bank of river Lidder in Pahalgam, 'Chhari Mubarak' will return to its permanent abode at Dashnami Akhara here.

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