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Over 1.38 lakh pilgrims pay respect at Amarnath

india Updated: Jun 28, 2006 12:22 IST

Over 1.38 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas since the pilgrimage started on June 10.

About 138,132 pilgrims have paid obeisance at the shrine this year, a spokesman of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) said on Wednesday.

As many as 132,389 pilgrims have visited the shrine from both routes of Baltal and Phalgam till June 26, he said.

There were still 10,000 to 15,000 yatris trekking towards the shrine from both the routes, he said, adding most of the pilgrims have returned to their native places after paying obeisance.

The spokesman said there were 12 deaths among the pilgrims due to various illnesses while trekking to the shrine located at an altitude of 3,880 metres.

Meanwhile, a fresh batch of 1,999 pilgrims left MAM stadium in Jammu for Amarnath early on Wednesday morning, officials said.

The devotees, including 317 women, 191 sadhus and 49 children, left in a fleet of 60 vehicles under tight security, they said adding with today's batch, 35,299 yatris have left from Jammu city for the shrine since June 10.