Fresh batch of 590 Amarnath pilgrims leave for Kashmir

Kashmir: According to the information given by the officials, yet another fresh batch of 590 pilgrims left for Kashmir today to take part in the ongoing Amarnath Yatra.

The officials went on to say: “Another batch of 590 pilgrims left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas at 5.45 a.m., in an escorted convoy of 16 vehicles for the Kashmir Valley.”

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So far this year, 2.54 lakh devotees have performed the pilgrimage inside the cave shrine situated at 3,888 metres above sea-level.

The shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that waxes and wanes with the size of the visible moon. Devotees believe the ice stalagmite structure symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva.

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Pilgrims approach the shrine either through the traditional 46 km Pahalgam route or through the 14 km Baltal route.

Forty-eight pilgrims have lost their lives this year — 17 died in a road accident, eight were killed in a terror attack and 23 due to natural causes

The yatra that commenced on June 29 will conclude on August 7 on Shravan Purnima coinciding with the Raksha Bandhan festival.

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