The twentieth batch of over 4,800 Amarnath pilgrims left the bottom camp for the dual base camps of the three,880-metre-high cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas on July 19, officers stated.
A complete of 4,898 pilgrims left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in a convoy of 159 automobiles amid heavy safety of the Central Reserve Police Power, the officers stated.
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They stated 1,836 pilgrims heading for Baltal had been the primary to depart the Bhagwati Nagar camp in 62 automobiles adopted by the second convoy of 97 automobiles carrying 3,062 pilgrims for Pahalgam.
With this, 1,15,656 pilgrims have left from the Bhagwati Nagar camp for the Valley since June 29, the day the primary batch of pilgrims was flagged off by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.
The annual 43-day yatra commenced from the dual base camps — the normal 48-km Nunwan-Pahalgam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag and 14-km shorter Baltal in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal — on June 30.
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Thus far this 12 months, over 1.99 lakh pilgrims have provided prayers on the cave shrine, housing the naturally shaped ice-shivlingam, the officers stated.
The yatra is scheduled to finish on August 11 on the event of Raksha Bandhan.
Thirty two folks, principally pilgrims, have died throughout the ongoing yatra. One other 15 pilgrims died within the flashfloods close to the Amarnath cave shrine on July 1.