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Over 22,000 pilgrims set out on Amarnath yatra

J&K Governor N. N. Vohra performs “Pratham Puja”

— Photo: NISSAR AHMAD

First pilgrim:Jammu & Kashmir Governor N. N. Vohra inside the Amarnath cave shrine on Wednesday.

Srinagar/Jammu: Amid chants of “ Bam, bam Bhole”, over 22,000 devotees set out from Baltal and Pahalgam base camps for pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave shrine in the Kashmir Himalayas on Wednwesday, marking the formal start of the annual yatra.

Jammu & Kashmir Governor N. N. Vohra, who is also the Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), set the pilgrimage in motion by performing Pratham Puja (first prayer) inside the sanctum sanctorum of the cave shrine housing the naturally-formed ice ‘ lingam' of Lord Shiva.

The Governor reviewed the arrangements made for the yatris and expressed satisfaction at the support extended by the State Government and security agencies. He later flew to the Baltal base camp where he was joined by State Minister for Forests Mian Altaf Ahmad.

Over 13,000 pilgrims started from Baltal base camp, 110 km from Srinagar, through the shorter 13-km route leading to the 3,880-metre-high cave shrine, said an SASB official.

Around 9,000 pilgrims also started their two-day trek to the holy cave through the traditional Pahalgam route, he said.

While the pilgrims taking the Baltal route were to reach the cave shrine on Wednesday, those taking the Pahalgam route are expected to reach there by Thursday morning.

The second batch of 2,185 pilgrims on Wednesday left from the Bagwatinagar base camp in Jammu & Kashmir.

Over 4,800 devotees have flocked to Jammu city to undertake the yatra, officials said.

Meanwhile, Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik visited Sonamarg to welcome the pilgrims, and assured them that Kashmir is safe to visit even after the yatra was over. Security has been beefed up along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and on both Baltal and Pahalgam routes.

Over 10,000 para-military and police personnel have been deployed along the yatra routes, even though there are no intelligence inputs about any militant plans to target the pilgrims.

The SASB has made elaborate arrangements for the convenience of pilgrims, setting up shelters and langars at Baltal and Pahalgam base camps and other stations along the traditional route.

More than 2.50 lakh pilgrims have registered for this year's pilgrimage, which will conclude on August 13 — coinciding with Raksha Bandhan. — PTI

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