Over 3000 perform darshan

Yatris trekking a hill on way to holy cave of Amarnath on Friday. -Excelsior/Photo
Yatris trekking a hill on way to holy cave of Amarnath on Friday. -Excelsior/Photo

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 4: On the 35th day of darshan, 3,127 pilgrims drawn from different parts of the country paid obeisance to naturally formed Ice Shivlingam at 3888 metre high Himalayan cave in South Kashmir’s Anantnag today.
Officials said that 3,127 pilgrims from twin tracks of Baltal and Nunwan-Pahalgam performed darshan at holy cave by this evening. With this, the total number of yatris visiting cave shrine since the 62 day long pilgrimage started on July 1 has touched 4,13,358, they added.
The officials said the weather was partially cloudy but dry during the day and yatra proceeded normally.
Meanwhile, a 33rd batch of 1181 pilgrims left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas for twin base camps of Nunwan-Pahalgam in South Kashmir district of Anantnag and Baltal base camp in Ganderbal district of Central Kashmir under tight security measures early this morning in a cavalcade of 46 vehicles, officials said.
They said among them 706 preferred the traditional and longest Nunwan-Pahalgam track while 475 opted for the shortest but tough Baltal route.
The 62 day yatra to holy cave will culminate on Shravan Purnima coinciding with Raksha Bandhan festival falling on August 31 when holy mace of Lord Shiva led by Mahant Dependra Giri Ji Maharaj will reach cave shrine from its abode Dashnami Akhara, Srinagar.