Amarnath Yatra Sets New Benchmark, Crosses 1 Lakh Pilgrims in Record Time

Sheikhzada Daniyal
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The Amarnath Yatra, an annual pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine of Shri Amarnath Ji in the Kashmir Himalayas, has witnessed an unprecedented surge in the number of devotees this year. In just the first five days since the commencement of the yatra on June 29, the total number of pilgrims visiting the 3888-metre-high cave shrine has surpassed the one-lakh mark, breaking all previous records.

According to officials, on July 3 alone, 30,586 pilgrims paid obeisance at the holy cave, contributing to the overall tally of 1,05,282 devotees in the last four days. In comparison, it took more than a week to reach this milestone in 2023 and nine days in 2022.

To ensure the smooth conduct of the yatra, stringent security arrangements have been put in place, with thousands of personnel from various security forces deployed along the route. The army is overseeing the overall security, while the air force provides aerial surveillance.

The sixth batch of 5,725 pilgrims, comprising 4,481 men, 1,034 women, 25 children, 173 Sadhus, and 12 Sadhvis, left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas base camp in Jammu for the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday morning. They will reach their respective base camps of Baltal and Pahalgam by evening and commence their journey to the holy cave early the next day.

The 52-day-long Amarnath Ji Yatra, which began on June 29, will conclude on August 19 this year on the auspicious occasion of Shravan Poornima, coinciding with the festival of Raksha Bandhan. Last year, more than 4.5 lakh pilgrims paid obeisance at the cave shrine.

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