2553 pilgrims perform darshan; Sevadar dies

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 26: As many as 2553 pilgrims today paid obeisance at holy cave shrine of Shri Amarnath Ji in South Kashmir Himalayas taking total number of pilgrims performing darshan during 29 days of yatra to 2,49,220.
Official sources said the yatra was progressing smoothly from both shorter track of Baltal and traditional track of Pahalgam-Chandanwari and today 2553 pilgrims performed darshan in the holy cave shrine.
With this, a total of 2,49,220 yatris have visited the shrine during 29 days of pilgrimage this year so far.
Meanwhile, amid tight security, a smaller batch of 667 yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas base camp in an escorted convoy of 19 vehicles, reports said.
The 60-day yatra commenced from the twin routes of Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district on June 28.
The yatra is scheduled to conclude on August 26 coinciding with ‘Raksha Bandhan’ festival.
Meanwhile, a ‘Sevadar’ (helper) died at Baltal  base camp today.
The Sevadar, identified as Rajaw, was found dead in a truck at Baltal, sources said.
The cause of his death was being ascertained.
This has taken the death toll during this year’s pilgrimage to 32.