Over 144,000 Pilgrims Perform Amarnath Yatra in First 11 Days

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JAMMU, INDIA, July 12, 2019 (Canindia): 144,058 pilgrims have performed the ongoing Amarnath Yatra since it started on July 1 as another batch of 5,395 Yatris left Jammu for the Valley on Friday. Officials said 144,058 pilgrims had darshan during the first 11 days after the Yatra started on July 1 this year. The cave shrine is situated 12,750 feet above the sea-level in Kashmir Himalayas. “Another batch of 5,395 Yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas today morning in two escorted convoys. “Of these, 1,966 pilgrims are going to Baltal base camp while 3,429 are going to Pahalgam base camp.” The Cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva according to the devotees. The ice stalagmite structure waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon. Pilgrims approach the Cave shrine either from the shorter 8.7-mile Baltal trek or through the 28-mile Pahalgam trek. Helicopter services are also available for pilgrims at both the base camps. This year’s Amarnath Yatra will end on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.