2,513 pilgrims left jammu for Amarnath from Jammu

Vastavam web: Another batch of 2,513 pilgrims today left left Jammu for the 3,888-meter high Amarnath cave shrine of Lord Shiva in south Kashmir Himalayas.Escorted by the CRPF, the pilgrims comprising 1863 men, 550 women and 100 sadhus left in 78 vehicles for Baltal and Pahalgam base-camps of Amarnath shrine this morning, officials said.As many as 90,045 pilgrims had paid obeisance at the Amarnath shrine in South Kashmir hills till last evening.

Five pilgrims and an ITBP Assistant Sub Inspector died en route to the shrine during past 7 days of the yatra.The annual yatra in Kashmir began amid a terror threat, which has prompted the authorities to mobilize the “highest level” of security measures, including satellite tracking system.This year’s yatra is eight days shorter than the last year’s of 48 days. It will conclude on Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan) on August 7.