At Least 2,480 pilgrims leave for Amarnath shrine, tight safety in yatra


JAMMU: Nearly 2,481 pilgrims left for Amarnath Yatra that started on Thursday. As per the reports, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra will take part in the official launch of the Yatra.

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The devotees have left for the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in around 66 vehicles. As per the official, atleast 1,616 pilgrims left for the Amarnath Yatra through Pahalgam route while 865 others left from Baltal route.

The Yatra would start officially with the onset of the ‘Chahri Mubarak’ (Lord Shiva’s mace) and traditional prayers within the cave shrine.

On Thursday, Vohra, the chairman of the Amarnath Shrine Board took part in the traditional puja at the cave. The temple board supervised the affairs of the Yatra.

Strict security measures have been taken for 2017’s Amarnath Yatra based on the warning insight.

Along the whole route from Jammu to Pahalgam and Baltal, Satellite tracking system, drones, mobile bunker vehicles, road opening parties (ROPs) have been setup to take strict steps.

The Centre has given an additional 40,000 paramilitary forces to help the state government for nonviolent manner of the Yatra.

The Army, Central Reserve Police Force, Sashastra Seema Bal and the state police are giving multi-layered safety to the pilgrims. At Baltal and Pahalgam, security force camps have been setup.

It takes a devotee just one day to come back to the Baltal base camp after the worship. Be that as it may, it takes four days for the restricted entry from Pahalgam to the give in place of worship.

The separation from Baltal to the buckle is 14 km while that from Pahalgam to the altar is 46 km.

The buckle houses an ice stalagmite structure accepted to symbolize the legendary forces of Lord Shiva. The structure waxes and fades with the extent of the unmistakable moon.

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The 40-day long Yatra to the Himalayan buckle holy place in south Kashmir’s Anantnag locale would end on August 7 on Shravan Purnima corresponding with the Raksha Bandhan celebration.