1,935 Amarnath pilgrims leave Jammu

A fresh batch of 1,935 pilgrims left in Jammu on Saturday for their onward journey to the holy Amarnath cave shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas.
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Updated on Jun 20, 2009 11:52 AM IST
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PTI | By HT Correspondent, Jammu

A fresh batch of 1,935 pilgrims left in Jammu on Saturday for their onward journey to the holy Amarnath cave shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas.

The batch comprising 852 men, 325 women, 54 children and 704 sadhus left from the base camp at Bhagwati Nagar here at around 0450 hours amid tight security, officials said. They will travel though the Baltal route.

With today's batch, a total of 4,695 pilgrims have left Jammu for the cave shrine since the beginning of the Yatra on June 15.

The Yatra remained suspended for three days due to bad weather prevailing in Kashmir valley before resuming yesterday. At present, the authorities were allowing only the Baltal route for the annual pilgrimage as the Pahalgam route has not been fully cleared of snow.

Many pilgrims from across the country have flown to the valley and performed 'darshan' of the naturally-formed 'ice shivlingam' by using chopper services.

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