Amarnath yatra: Record 6.34 lakh visit shrine
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Last Updated: Friday, August 12, 2011, 19:46
Jammu: Over 6.34 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the Amarnath shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas, surpassing the previous record of 5.33 lakh devotees.

As many as 6,34,788 lakh pilgrims have visited the 13,500 ft high cave shrine till today, yatra officials said.

This figure has surpassed the previous record of 5.33 lakh arrivals in 2008. It is also for the first time in the yatra's history that such a huge number of pilgrims visited the shrine during the first 23 days.

On July 21, the figure touched 5 lakh mark and eight days later, 6 lakh pilgrims visited the cave shrine.

The annual pilgrimage commenced on June 29 from Baltal in Ganderbal district and Pahalgam in Anantnag district. It is scheduled to end tomorrow coinciding with 'Raksha Bandhan'.

In 2004, the duration of the pilgrimage was increased from 30 to 45 days and in that year, a record 3.82 lakh pilgrims visited the shrine.

In the next year, 3.88 lakh pilgrims visited the shrine, followed by 3.47 lakh in 2006 and 2.96 lakh in 2007.

The year 2009 saw 3.81 lakh pilgrims, while 4.56 lakh devotees offered their prayers at the shrine despite the last year's unrest in the Kashmir Valley.

"The yatra is going on smoothly and pilgrims are paying obeisance without any difficulty," they said.


First Published: Friday, August 12, 2011, 19:46

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