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Second batch of pilgrims leave for Amarnath

india Updated: Jun 29, 2011 12:24 IST

Amid tight security, the second batch of 2185 pilgrims today left Jammu base camp for pilgrimage to the 13500-feet high cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir Himalayas.

As many as 2,185 pilgrims, including 1328 males, 441 females, 66 children and 350 sadhus, left in 66 vehicles from Bagwatinagar base camp in Jammu at around 5:00 AM, a Police Control Room (PCR) official said.

The pilgrims' convoy, escorted by CRPF personnel, has reached Patnitop area in Ramban district, he said. The annual Amarnath yatra began yesterday amid tight security with the first batch of 2,096 devotees leaving for the cave shrine from Jammu.

Over 4800 devotees have flocked to Jammu city to undertake the yatra, which will conclude on August 13, officials said. Meanwhile, the first batch of pilgrims had a darshan of the holy ice 'ligum' of Lord Shiva at Amarnath cave.