3300 perform darshan at holy cave

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, July 28: Over 3300 pilgrims performed darshan at holy cave of Swami Amarnath Ji situated at an altitude of 3880 meters from the sea level in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on the 31st day of ongoing Yatra.
According to an officer on Yatra duty 3360 pilgrims who visited the holy cave from twin tracks of Nunwan Chandanwari and Baltal performed darshan of Ice Shiv Lingam by this evening. He said till date 2,55,356 pilgrims performed the darshan at cave shrine since the two -month long Yatra started on June 28.
He said among them majority of pilgrims returned to their home states while others are on way. The pilgrims who paid obeisance at cave shrine have also started their return journey towards Baltal and Nunwan -Pahalgam base camps.
The Officer said the yatra is proceeding smoothly from both the tracks and the weather was cloudy but dry for the complete day.
The officer said 870 pilgrims left for holy cave from shortest Baltal track this morning while 472 left via chopper. He said 3000 pilgrims are staying at Baltal Base Camp for night and they are those yatris also who reached the Base Camp after performing darshan at cave shrine today.
He said 1098 pilgrims left from Chandanwari Nunwan Base camp to Holy Cave this morning while the pilgrims having night stay in the transit camps of Sheshnag and Panjtarni also left for their onwards sojourn.
A fresh batch of 663 pilgrims left for twin base camps of Baltal and Nunwan-Pahalgam under tight security measures early this morning from Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas here. This was informed by Yatra Nodal Officer Jammu, Arum Manhas. He said 653 pilgrims including 66 Sadhus were registered at three registration counters of Jammu today. They will leave for twin base camps of Valley tomorrow morning, he added.
The two -month long yatra will culminate on Sawan Purnima coinciding with Raksha Bandhan festival which falls on August 26 after holy mace led by Mahant Deependra Giri its sole custodian will reach cave shrine from its abode Dashnami Akhara, Srinagar.
It may be recalled that the holy mace was taken to Pahalgam from Dashnami Akhara on Vyas Purnima yesterday where the religious rituals were performed in the traditional way on the bank of river Lidder marking the beginning of the annual holy Amarnath yatra.
Earlier Chhari Poojan was also performed at Dashnami Akhara by Sadhus and Pandits.