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More than three lakh devotees visit Amarnath shrine

india Updated: Jul 23, 2013 18:37 IST
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The number of pilgrims who have paid obeisance at the Amarnath shrine so far this year has crossed the three-lakh mark on Tuesday.


Till Monday, 2,99,430 pilgrims had visited the shrine, while 4,795 devotees visited the cave on Tuesday, bringing the overall tally to 3,04,225.

The 55-day Amarnath Yatra, which started with Pratham Darshan on June 28, will culminate on Sawan Purnima, coinciding with Raksha Bandan, falling on August 21 this year, after the holy mace of Lord Shiva is brought to the cave shrine.

The 26th batch of 706 devotees left from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu for Amarnath at around 5am on Tuesday, amid tight security. The batch included 550 men, 116 women, three children and 37 ascetics, travelling in a convoy of 25 vehicles.

A total of 46,552 pilgrims have left the Jammu base camp so far.

Meanwhile, a batch of 6,253 pilgrims left for the shrine from Baltal and Pahalgam bases camps on Tuesday morning.

The Baltal batch of 3,290 included 2,665 men, 615 women and 10 ascetics, while the Pahalgam batch of 2,963 devotees comprised 2,330 men, 535 women and 98 ascetics.