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JAMMU, Jul. 6, 2023 (TBINN)

The seventh batch of over 6,500 Amarnath Yaatra pilgrims left Jammu in the early hours today for the twin base camps in Kashmir amid tight security, officials informed.

The 62-day annual pilgrimage to the 3,888-metre-high cave shrine in South Kashmir of Himalayas commenced from the twin tracks of Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal District on July 1, 2023.

Officials said pilgrims’ foot-fall at the shrine has crossed 65,000 mark and the Yaatra is progressing smoothly, with devotees from across the country thronging the base camps to have a glimpse of naturally formed Ice Shivling and offer their prayers.

A total of 6,554 pilgrims, 5,053 male, 1,375 women, 101 seers and 25 children left Bhagwati Nagar Base Camp for the Valley in a convoy of 272 vehicles amid tight security arrangements in the early hours of today, they said.

The officials further said 3,864 pilgrims, headed for Pahalgam, left in a convoy of 141 vehicles for the Valley, while another convoy of 131 vehicles carrying 2,690 pilgrims left for the Baltal Base Camp at 3.30 A.M.

With this, a total of 36,823 pilgrims have left the Jammu Base Camp for the Valley since June 30, 2023 when the first batch of pilgrims began Yaatra, which was flagged off by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. The Yatra is scheduled to conclude on August 31, 2023.

The administration has registered over 3,000 fresh pilgrims on Tatkal Yatra counters in Jammu for their onward journey to Amarnath, officials informed.

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