Over 12,000 perform darshan on day 21 of yatra, rush continues

Shri Amarnath pilgrims in front of a registration counter at Mahajan Hall Jammu on Sunday. — Excelsior/Rakesh
Shri Amarnath pilgrims in front of a registration counter at Mahajan Hall Jammu on Sunday. — Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 21: With unabated rush of Shri Amarnath pilgrims continuing, over 12,000 yatris drawn from different parts of Kashmir paid obeisance to Lord Shiva at holy cave on 21st day of darshan today.
According to officials 12, 115 yatris performed darshan at holy cave of Shri Amarnath situated at an altitude of 3880 meters above the sea level in deep Himalayas in South Kashmir district of Anantnag. Till date 2,72,004 pilgrims have performed the darshan at holy cave from twin tracks of Baltal and Chandanwari since the 46 -day long yatra started on July 1 this year, officials added.
The officials said the yatra is proceeding smoothly from both the tracks and the unabated rush of yatris continues. The yatris, who performed darshan at holy cave today started their return journey from twin tracks.
Officials said that the weather remained pleasant in the yatra area during the day today. They said that one pilgrim died on way to holy cave late this evening due to cardiac arrest but the further details in this regard are awaited.
A fresh batch of 4158 pilgrims left for twin base camps of Nunwan-Pahalgam in South Kashmir district of Anantnag and Baltal-Sonamarg in Central Kashmir district of Ganderbal early this morning under tight security arrangements in a cavalcade of 156 vehicles from Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas early this morning.
All these yatris have reached their respective base camps by this evening where from they will leave for their onwards sojourn early tomorrow morning, officials said.
Officials said thousands of pilgrims are daily reaching here from different parts of country to embark on holy yatra. The yatris are in jubilant mood and their spirits are also high.
The pilgrims at Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas and other registration counters including Mahajan Sabha Jammu as well as Saraswati Dham and Vaishnavi Dham are seen singing bhajans and chanting “Bum Bum Bholey”. They are satisfied with arrangements made by the authorities this time.
Hundreds of yatris are seen camping in front of registration counters in city daily. About 2000 pilgrims have managed to reach the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas by this evening to leave for onwards sojourn tomorrow, officials said.
Reports reaching here said 1958 pilgrims crossed the Gate Way of Lakhanpur during last 24 hours in 110 vehicles while 6000 pilgrims have crossed the Lakhanpur in last three days to leave for darshan of holy cave.
Besides, hundreds of pilgrims are reaching here from different parts of country through railways daily. The authorities have made elaborate arrangements for pilgrims right from Lakhanpur to holy cave.