Fifth batch leaves Jammu for Amarnath shrine

Over 3,700 pilgrims have paid obeisance at the Amarnath shrine, while the fifth batch of 3,165 devotees Sunday left for the cave temple in South Kashmir Himalayas.

Updated: Jul 04, 2010, 13:31 PM IST

Jammu: Over 3,700 pilgrims have paid
obeisance at the Amarnath shrine, while the fifth batch of
3,165 devotees Sunday left for the cave temple in South Kashmir
Himalayas.

The batch, comprising of 2,157 males, 699 females, 111
children and 198 sadhus, left in a convoy of 228 vehicles
around 05:00 hours amid tight security, police said.

The convoy, which left twin base camps of Pahalgam and
Baltal for their onward journey to Amarnath, has already
crossed Batote area of Ramban district, they said.

More than 3,700 devotees have visited the 3,888 metre
high cave shrine till today, Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB)
officials said, adding all arrangements, including security,
are in place on the twin tracks from Pahalgam and Baltal.

Over 8,000 pilgrims are en route to the cave shrine from
the two base camps for the darshan of the ice lingum of Lord
Shiva, they added.

With today`s batch, more than 12,000 pilgrims have left
for Amarnath from Jammu base camp in past five days.

PTI