Srinagar: Fresh batches of pilgrims left Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camps for undertaking annual pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas Sunday morning despite cloudy sky.
A yatra official told UNI Sunday that 81,630 pilgrims, including women and sadhus, from different parts of the country paid obeisance at the holy cave since the commencement of the pilgrimage from July 1st till Saturday evening amidst chanting of “Har Har Mahadev” and “Bam Bam Bolay”.
Since early Sunday morning about 1,500 yatris, who had night halt at different halting stations had darshan of the self made Ice-Shivlingam and more yatris are on way to holy cave.
He said weather is cloudy but the yatra is progressing smoothly from both traditional Pahalgam and shortest Baltal tracks.
He said a fresh batch of pilgrims, including women, children and sadhus left Nunwan Pahalgam base camp for Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station on traditional track. Meanwhile, the pilgrims who had night halt at different stations, including Chandanwari, on traditional route left for next stations early Sunday morning.
He said fresh batch of pilgrims also left Baltal base camp for the holy cave early Sunday morning. The pilgrims, including women, children and sadhus will reach the holy cave after covering the distance on foot, he said. Helicopter service is also operating normally from both sides.