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    Amarnath yatra crosses 70K mark in 4 days, fresh batch of 6,500 pilgrims left Jammu

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    Srinagar, Jul 2: More than 22,000 pilgrims paid obeisance at the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in the south Himalayas on Tuesday, officials here said.

    With this, the total number of pilgrims who have visited the shrine in the first four days of the annual has crossed 74,000.

    “As many as 22,715 pilgrims had darshan of the ice lingam in the Amarnath cave on Tuesday,” the officials said.

    These included 16,973 male pilgrims, 3,775 female pilgrims, 315 sadhus and six sadhvis. More than 1,227 security personnel and 419 children also performed the pilgrimage, they said.

    The total number of pilgrims who have visited the cave shrine in the first four days now stands at 74,696, according to the officials.

    Meanwhile, a fresh batch of more than 6,500 pilgrims left for the Amarnath shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas from on Tuesday amid tight security, officials said.

    On Monday, more than 23,000 devotees paid obeisance at the 3,880-metre high cave shrine, taking the total number of pilgrims past the 51,000 mark, officials said. More than 2,000 on-the-spot registrations of devotees were done on Monday, they said.

    The fifth batch of 6,537 pilgrims left in 261 vehicles for the twin basecamps of Baltal and Palagam at 3.05 am and were escorted by security vehicles, they said.

    The fifth batch of 6,537 pilgrims left in 261 vehicles for the twin basecamps of Baltal and Palagam at 3.05 am and were escorted by security vehicles, they said.

    While 4,431 pilgrims took the 48-km traditional Pahalgam route for their yatra, 2,106 pilgrims chose the shorter but steep 14-km Baltal route, they said.

    With this, a total of 26,101 pilgrims have left the Jammu base camp for the valley since June 28 when Lt Governor Manoj Sinha flagged off the first batch.

    The Amarnath Yatra began on Saturday from the twin tracks — the traditional 48-km Nunwan-Pahalgam route in Anantnag and the 14-km shorter but steeper Baltal route in Ganderbal.

    The 52-day pilgrimage will conclude on August 19.

    More than 4.5 lakh pilgrims paid obeisance at the cave shrine last year.

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