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Over 6,300 pilgrims leave for Amarnath shrine from Jammu amid tight security

Hindu pilgrims line up to register for an annual pilgrimage to the holy Amarnath cave, in Jammu, India, Monday, July 4, 2022.

Hindu pilgrims line up to register for an annual pilgrimage to the holy Amarnath cave, in Jammu, India, Monday, July 4, 2022. | Photo Credit: AP

Amid tight security, the six batch of over 6,300 Amarnath pilgrims on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 left for 3,880-metre-high cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir, officials said.

A total of 6,351 pilgrims left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas here in a convoy of 239 vehicles amid heavy security of CRPF, the officials said.

Of these, 4,864 are males, 1,284 females, 56 children, 127 sadhus, 19 sadhvis and one transgender, they said.

They said 2,028 pilgrims heading for Baltal base camp were the first to leave in 88 vehicles around 3.35 am followed by the second convoy of 151 vehicles carrying 4,323 pilgrims for Pahalgam camp in Kashmir.

The annual 43-day pilgrimage commenced on June 30 from the twin base camps — Nunwan in Pahalgam of south Kashmir's Anantnag and Baltal camp in central Kashmir's Ganderbal district.

The yatra is scheduled to end on August 11 on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.


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