Over 10,000 pay obeisance at holy cave

Pilgrims proceedings towards holy cave on Wednesday from Panchtarni. —Excelsior/Sajjad Dar
Pilgrims proceedings towards holy cave on Wednesday from Panchtarni. —Excelsior/Sajjad Dar

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR/JAMMU, July 5: Over 10,500 pilgrims paid obeisance at the holy cave shrine of Swami Amarnath Ji on the seventh day of darshan today.
An official spokesperson said this evening that on the seventh day of the 40-day-long pilgrimage which started from June 29, 10,561 yatris paid obeisance at the holy cave today. He said since the beginning of the pilgrimage, 90,045 yatris have had the darshan at the cave shrine situated at an altitude of 3880 meters in deep Himalayas in South Kashmir district of Anantnag.
Majority of the pilgrims have returned to their homes after having darshan of the ice-lingam at the cave shrine, the spokesman added.
He, while giving more details said that yatra is proceeding smoothly from both the tracks and the pilgrims are also in high spirits.
The spokesman said 5219 pilgrims left Baltal Base Camp to holy cave via 14 km shortest track while 4768 pilgrims left via traditional, Chandanwari -Sheshnag track for darshan to holy cave. Besides, the pilgrims camping at Sheshnag and Panchtarni also left for their onwards sojourn this morning.
The spokesman said the rush of pilgrims is increasing day by day and both the base camps of Nunwan-Pahalgam and Baltal- Sonamarg besides the halting stations of Sheshnag and Panchtarni as well as holy cave give a festive look.
He said thousands of pilgrims are reaching base camps of Nunwan and Baltal from different parts of country daily to leave for darshan of holy cave. The weather enroute to cave shrine was pleasant for entire day today.
The spokesman said a fresh batch of 3389 pilgrims left for holy cave from Bhagwati Nagar Jammu Yatri Niwas early this morning under tight security arrangements in a cavalcade of 102 vehicles.
He said the yatris crossed the Jawahar Tunnel by the afternoon and had reached the respective base camps by the evening. The registration of pilgrims continued today also at all the four registration counters at Jammu, the spokesman added.
Meanwhile rush of pilgrims is continuing daily as thousands of yatris reach Jammu through buses and trains from different parts of the country to leave for darshan of holy cave.
A huge rush of pilgrims is seen at Token Centre Rail Head Jammu and the registration counters daily where the pilgrims are waiting in long queues for seeking the token and getting themselves enrolled for the darshan. The 40 -day long pilgrimage will culminate with the taking of Chhari Mubarak of Lord Shiva to holy cave on Shrawan Purnima coinciding with Raksha Bandhan on August 7 from its abode Dashnami Akhara Srinagar by Mahant Deependra Giri the custodian of holy mace.

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