Jammu: Around 1,138 pilgrims left Jammu on Friday for Amarnath Yatra which will begin from Saturday.
The first batch was flagged off by State Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, junior minister Priya Sethi and Lok Sabha member Jugal Kishore from Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in winter capital Jammu at 5 a.m. on Friday.
There are 900 males, 225 females and 13 children in the first batch which left in 13 buses, 24 mini-buses and other modes of public and private conveyance guarded by the security forces.
Amarnath Yatra will be attended by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who would give a two-day visit to review the security situation in the state, especially the security arrangements for this year's Yatra.
He would also take part in the traditional Puja at the Cave Shrine on Saturday.
The Yatra would end on August 18 coinciding with Shravan Purnima and Raksha Bandhan festivals.