Srinagar : Fresh batches of pilgrims, including women and sadhus, today left for holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, where over 1 point 89 lakh yatris had paid obeisance since the commencement of the annual 48-day-long pilgrimage from July 2. Meanwhile, a high level meeting reviewed various issues, including security relating to Amarnath yatra, going on since July 2 in south Kashmir Himalayas, an official spokesman said here today. Over 1000 pilgrims had darshan of the self-made Ice Shivlingam since early this morning at the cave shrine and more pilgrims are arriving there, a yatra official told. The pilgrims, who had left Jammu during yesterday afternoon, had arrived here safely. He said that fresh batch devotees left Baltal base camp early this morning for the holy Cave shrine and weather was pleasant. The yatris were likely to reach the cave shrine after covering the hilly terrain on foot this afternoon. Meanwhile pilgrims, who had paid obeisance and stayed at the cave shrine for the night, have also started their return journey.
Another batch of worshippers left Nunwan Pahalgam base camp for Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station on the traditional track today. After night halt at Chandanwari, the pilgrims will start their onward journey towards the cave shrine early in the morning tomorrow. Meanwhile, the yatris who had night halt at different halting stations on traditional track, have also started their journey this morning. Total number of pilgrims, who left Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camp for the holy Cave will be known later, he added. The Yatra official said yesterday, 5135 pilgrims, including women and sadhus from different parts of the country, had darshan of the self-made Ice Shivlingam at the cave shrine. He said with this, a total of 1 .88 lakh yatris had paid obeisance at the shrine since the commencement of the 48-day-long pilgrimage from July 2 from both traditional Pahalgam and shortest Baltal tracks. Majority of the devotees had since returned to their homes, though some of them were visiting tourist places, despite the latest situation in the valley. Since this morning, over 1000 worshippers had paid obeisance at the cave shrine and more pilgrims were arriving from both sides.