Despite the recent terror attacks, a fresh batch of 3,500 pilgrims left for Jammu and Kashmir Valley to perform the Annual Amarnath Yatra on Thursday.

As confirmed by an official, a batch of 3,500 pilgrims left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas at 3.25 a.m. The convoy consisted of 153 vehicles of piligrims and escorts.

Closed Jammu-Shrinagar highway

  • The Jammu –Srinagar highway was closed on Wednesday due to landslides triggered by heavy rains in the panthal sector of Ranban District.
  • However, it was restored in the evening for traffic.
  • There is no decrement in the number of devotees leaving for the Amarnath Yatra.
  • Despite the terror attack on Monday in which seven pilgrims were killed and 19 pilgrims were injured.
  • The shrine of lord Shiva is located at 3,888 meters above the sea level.
  • Devotees believe that the ice structure has mythical powers.
  • More than 1.68 lakh pilgrims have reached the shrine this year.

Special care taken for the safety of pilgrims

  • The pilgrims convoy are advised by the authorities to cross the Jawahar tunnel before 3.30 p.m as a precaution.
  • The authorities want the pilgrims to reach the base camp of Pahalgam and Baltal before sunset.
  • Amarnath yatra is a 20 day long voyage to the Himalyan cave shrine.
  • The journey started on 29 June and will end on august 7 on the day of Shravan Purnima .
  • After Shravan Purnima, festival of Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated.
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