Over 1900 perform darshan at holy cave

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Aug 2: Over 1900 pilgrims paid obeisance at holy cave of Swami Amarnath Ji situated in deep Himalayas in South Kashmir district of Anantnag on the 36th day of the ongoing yatra today.
According to an officer on Yatra duty 1974 pilgrims drawn from different parts of country paid their obeisance from twin tracks of Baltal and Nunwan-Chandanwari of the naturally formed Ice Lingam of Lord Shiva in the holy cave.
He said till date 2,67,911 pilgrims performed darshan in the cave shrine which is on the height of 3880 metres from the sea level.
He said the weather was clean in the yatra area for the entire day and yatra proceeded smoothly from both the tracks.
The officer said 519 pilgrimsm left from Baltal Base Camp to holy cave while 357 pilgrims left via chopper. He said 1700 pilgrims are staying at Baltal for the night haltage and they include those yatris also who performed darshan at cave shrine today and will leave for Srinagar on way to their homes states early tomorrow.
He said 493 pilgrims left for darshan from Nunwan-Pahalgam Base Camp via Chandanwari track. Besides, the pilgrims having night haltage at transit camps of Sheshnag and Panjtarni also left for their onwards sojourn early this morning.
The two -month long yatra which started on June 28 will culminate on August 26 on the day of Sawan Purnima coinciding with the festival of Raksha Bandhan.
However there has been considerable decline in yatra rush since last fortnight now in comparison to first fortnight of the pilgrimage.
Meanwhile, a fresh batch of 603 pilgrims left for twin base camps of Nunwan -Pahalgam and Baltal from Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas early this morning under tight security measures, the Yatra Nodal Officer  Jammu, Arun Manhas said.
He said 460 pilgrims including 69 Sadhus were registered at three registration camps of Jammu today. Out of them 169 opted for Baltal track while 292 opted for traditional Chandanwari track. These pilgrims will leave for their respective base camps early tomorrow morning, he added.