Due to dwindling attendance, the Amarnath Yatra will henceforth take place only every other day
Nadia Farooq
Advertisement

There have been 1,62,569 darshans thus far. Jammu’s largest ever group of 9241 pilgrims has set off.

16061 Srinagar/Jammu On Thursday, an additional influx of Shri Amarnathji Yatris entered the holy cave to conduct darshan, bringing the total number of devotees who had visited this season to 1,62,569.

There were 12701 men, 2945 females, 236 children, 176 Sadhus, and 3 Sadhvis among the yatris who were able to visit the sacred cave today.

Advertisement

Meanwhile, this morning saw the departure of 9241 pilgrims on the eleventh batch of Shri Amarnath Yatra for the two base camps in the South Kashmir Himalayas, Pahalgam and Baltal.

From the Jammu starting point, the greatest group of pilgrims has ever been sent on their way.

Of the total 9241 pilgrims, 3206 went the Baltal way and 6035 went the Pahalgam route. There were 6576 men, 2375 ladies, 48 children, 212 Sadhus, and 30 Sadhvis. At 3:30 a.m., a total of 306 cars, 194 for the Pahalgam route and 112 for the Baltal route, were waved off to their respective destinations. Since July 1, when Yatra officially began, 65,544 pilgrims have left from Bhagwati Nagar base camp, according to official figures.

Since it began on July 1, the Yatra has run successfully, and the pilgrims have been making use of the government-provided services till the end on August 31.

On the same day that the pilgrimage was restarted after being cancelled for three days owing to bad weather, Tatkal registration opened back up.

Since resuming, Thursday morning has seen a steady stream of devotees at Jammu’s five walk-up booking desks (at Vaishnavi Dham, Mahajan Sabha, Panchayat Ghar, Geeta Bhawan, and Ram Mandir; the latter two are reserved only for Sadhus).

The goal of the Tatkal registration system is to make it easier for unregistered Yatris to complete the necessary health checkup that follows the issuance of registration tokens.

Advertisement

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here