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269 pilgrims leave for Amarnath yatra

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

A group of 269 pilgrims left for the holy cave shrine from the base camps here, today, officials said.

The yatra, which commenced from the twin routes of Baltal in Ganderbal and Pahalgam in district on June 28 has so far seen 2.76 lakh pilgrims pay their obeisance at the 3,880-metre high cave temple in south Kashmir, Himalayas.

However, the number of pilgrims undertaking the yatra has marked a sharp dip over the past week. The trend has been attributed to the early melting of the naturally formed ice-shivlingam at the sanctum sanatorium.

A said a fresh batch of 269 pilgrims left for today, in the wee hours, from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in a fleet of 15 vehicles under tight security.

On the 43th day of the ongoing Yatra, yesterday, 1,134 yatris paid obeisance at the holy cave, he said, adding that till date 2,76,259 Yatris had a darshan of the shivlingam at the holy cave.

The yatra is scheduled to conclude on August 26 coinciding with festival.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 14:15 IST