Jammu: A record number of 5.58 lakh pilgrims
offered prayers at the 13,500-ft high Amarnath cave shrine so
far this year, officials said.
The previous highest figure was 5.33 lakh in 2008, they
The annual pilgrimage commenced on June 29 from the
twin tracks of Baltal in Ganderbal and Pahalgam in Anantnag
district and the number of pilgrims touched the five lakh mark
on July 21.
The yatra is scheduled to end on August 13 coinciding with
the Hindu festival of `Raksha Bandhan`.
Last year 4.56 lakh pilgrims had offered their prayers at
the shrine despite unrest in the Valley.