SRINAGAR: The 62-day-long Amarnath yatra that commenced on July 1 amid foolproof security arrangements, has outnumbered all the previous records with nearly four Lakh Amarnath devotees paying obeisance at the holy Amarnath cave shrine in the month of July.
Quoting official sources, KNO reported that since the commencement of the yatra around 3,97,272 pilgrims visited the holy cave during the last 31 days and performed darshan of Holy Ice-Shivlingam of which 6,136 pilgrims paid obeisance till 5.00 pm on Monday .
This year many celebrities, including Badminton Champion Sania Nehwal, Sara Ali Khan and people from abroad visited the cave shrine and took the blessings of Lord Shiva.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also made mentioned Amarnath Yatra during his recent Maan ki Baat programme and praised the administration for its arrangements.
Meanwhile, amid tight security arrangements, the 29th batch of over 1550 pilgrims including 1165 Male, 354 Female, 07 Children, 19 Sadhus and 05 Sadhvis left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp, Jammu for Kashmir valley in a cavalcade of 66 vehicles under tight security arrangements.
The 62-day annual pilgrimage to the 3,888-metre-high cave shrine commenced from the twin tracks of Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district on July 1. The yatra is scheduled to conclude on August 31—(KNO)