Over 1,80,000 perform Amarnath Yatra so far
The yatris left for the yatra in a convoy escorted by the security forces
Over 1, 80, 000 pilgrims have already performed in Amarnath Yatra so far as a batch of over 1,500 pilgrims left Jammu city for Kashmir Valley on Thursday.
In this year, Amarnath Yatra was suspended many due to the ongoing unrest in the Kashmir Valley following the killing of the Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.
"Another batch of over 1,500 yatris left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in Jammu city today (Thursday) for the valley," a police official told IANS in Jammu.
"The yatris left in a convoy escorted by the security forces."
As many as 5,135 pilgrims had 'Darshan' inside the Cave Shrine on Wednesday since this year's Yatra started on July 2, according to Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) officials.
After the traditional Puja was held at Pahalgam on Wednesday, the 'Charri Mubarak' (Lord Shiva's Mace) will now be taken to the Cave Shrine after its stopovers at Chandanwari, Pissu Top, Sheshnag and Panchtarni enroute to the Cave.
The 48-day Yatra will conclude on August 17 coinciding with Shravan Purnima and Raksha Bandhan festivals.
This year, 12 pilgrims died due to natural causes while performing the Yatra.
In comparison to last year, only 1,87,903 Yatris have performed the pilgrimage this year.
Last year over 2,65,000 pilgrims had performed the Yatra during the same period.