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10th batch of 5144 pilgrims leaves Jammu for Amarnath
13,767 pilgrims pay obeisance
JAMMU, Jul 10: The 10th batch of 5,144 pilgrims Tuesday left Jammu for Pahalgam and Baltal camps for their onward journey to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, amid prediction of another spell of rain this week.

Officials said the fresh batch of pilgrims, including 1,039 women and 203 sadhus, left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp here in a convoy of vehicles under tight security arrangements in the early hours today.

A convoy of 67 vehicles heading for Baltal for their onward journey through the 12-km arduous track was the first to leave with 1,822 pilgrims, including 476 women, and was followed by second convoy of 128 vehicles with 3,322 pilgrims including 544 women and 203 sadhus who had opted the 36-km traditional Pahalgam route, the officials said.

A total of 40,935 pilgrims had so far joined the yatra from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp, while rest of the pilgrims had directly reached the base camps on their own and had 'darshan' (glimpse) at the shrine.

The inclement weather had played a spoilsport this year as heavy rains forced suspension of the yatra several times over the past 12 days, as a result of which thousands of pilgrims were left stranded at various places from Lakhanpur the gateway to the state bordering Punjab to the cave shrine.

The MeT office has again predicted wet weather from today till July 15 with heavy rains at isolated places.

The officials said the weather is being monitored on hourly basis, especially along the yatra track and all necessary precautionary measures are being taken to ensure safety of the pilgrims. While heavy rains lashed Jammu this morning for over an hour, the weather along the twin tracks was cloudy but the pilgrimage was progressing smoothly and satisfactorily, they said.

Over 1.04 lakh pilgrims from across the country had paid their obeisance till last evening at the 3,888-metre high cave, housing the naturally formed ice-shivlingam, since the beginning of the yatra on June 28 from the twin tracks of Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district.

In the meanwhile, on the 13th day of the ongoing pilgrimage, 13,767 pilgrims paid obeisance at the holy cave. Till date 1,17,785 Yatris had the darshan of the Shivling at the holy cave.

News Updated at : Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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