Over 1800 perform darshan at holy cave on 37th day of yatra

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 3:  Over 1800 pilgrims paid obeisance at holy cave of Swami Amarnath in deep Himalayas in South Kashmir district of Anantnag on 37 th day of darshan today.
According to a Yatra Officer 1848 pilgrims drawan from different parts of country paid obeisance at holy cave today. He said till date 269,759 pilgrims performed the darshan in holy cave which is 3880 meters above sea level since the yatra started on June 28.
He said the weather in the yatra area was clear during the day and yatra proceeded smoothly from both the tracks.
The Officer said 763 pilgrims left for holy cave early this morning via shortest Baltal track while 314 left by Chopper. All these pilgrims performed darshan at cave shrine by this evening and some of them returned to Base camp while others were on the way.
He said over 1300 pilgrims are camping for night at Baltal and they included those who performed darshan at holy cave today as well as those who will eave for darshan tomorrow morning.
He said 550 pilgrims left from Nunwan-Pahalgam via 32 km long Chandanwari track to holy cave early this morning. Besides, the pilgrims who had the night halt at Sheshnag and Panjtarni transit camps also left for their onwards sojourn this morning .
The officer said that out of near 2.70 lakh pilgrims who performed darshan at holy cave during on going yatra majority has returned to their homes  States while others were on the way.
He said this year the yatra rush was better in comparison to last year and the number of pilgrims paying obeisance in the holy cave in last 37 days has surpassed the last year’s record of 45 days of the yatra in 32 days only.
Meanwhile, a fresh batch of 454 pilgrims left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas here for twin base camps of Baltal and Nunwan early this morning under tight security measures in 13 vehicles, Yatra Nodal Officer for Jammu, Arun Manhas said.
He said 204 pilgrims left for Nunwan Base Camp while 250 left for Baltal Base Camp. Moreover, 561 pilgrims were registered at three registration counters at Jammu today which included 65 Sadhus also. Out of them 332 opted for traditional Pahalgam –Nunwan track while 229 opted for shortest Baltal track for darshan. These pilgrims will leave for their respective base camps early tomorrow morning under tight security measures, he added.