1690 Shri Budha Amarnath pilgrims arrive Poonch

Excelsior Correspondent
POONCH, Aug 20: While third batch of  nearly 3250 pilgrims today performed Darshan at Shri Budha Amarnath Ji shrine at Mandi in district Poonch, the fourth batch of nearly 1690 pilgrims in 31 vehicles arrived Poonch this evening.
Yatra Reception Committee members  including DSP DAR Poonch Mohan Lal,   District Information and Tourism Officers,  SD Sabha Poonch president  Satish Sasan,  VHP district unit president Nishu Gupta, Bajarang Dal district chief  Sourabh, Dashnami Akhara Committee members and others accorded  grand reception to the pilgrims arriving from various parts of the country here today and garlanded many of them. They also offered eatables and drinks to the pilgrims.
The third batch of pilgrims today arrived Shri Budha Amarnath Ji shrine at Mandi  from Poonch this morning. After performing Darshan and offering prayers, the pilgrims left for Jammu in the aftgernoon.
The fourth batch of nearly 1690 pilgrims in  31 vehicles from various parts of the country  arrived Poonch town this evening.  From Jammu base camp, hardly 16 buses left for Poonch while others joined on the way at Sunderbani and Rajouri.  Most of the pilgrims were from  UP, Punjab,  Guajarat and Harayana. Many yatris from various districts of Jammu region including Samba and Kathua performed Darshan today.
The pilgrims were accorded warm welcome first at Sunderbani, Nowshera and Rajouri and finally at Poonch base camp. They were served break fast at Sunderbani, lunch at Rajouri and evening tea by an Army unit at Bhimber Gali (BG Pass)
The pilgrims were accommodated in Akhara Mandir complex, ITI building and in two local Govt Higher Secondary schools for night halt.   Tomorrow morning, the fourth batch of pilgrims will leave for Shri Budha Amarnath Ji shrine at Mandi from  Poonch. After performing `Darshan’ and  offering special prayers, the pilgrims will leave for Jammu. An elaborate security arrangement has been made by the Administration for the smooth conduct of yatra.