“Third Set of Pilgrims Commences Amarnath Yatra, Headed for Kashmir”
A new group of 4,903 pilgrims departed from the starting point on Sunday to participate in the annual journey to the sacred Amarnath cave shrine, situated at an elevation of 3,880 meters in the southern Himalayas of Kashmir. This brings the total number of pilgrims to 12,807 since the first batch was flagged off on June 30 by Lt Governor Manoj Sinha.
On the initial day of the 62-day pilgrimage, over 8,000 pilgrims visited the shrine to offer their prayers. The pilgrimage commenced on Saturday, with devotees taking either the traditional 48-kilometer Nunwan-Pahalgam route in Anantnag district or the shorter but steeper 14-kilometer Baltal route in Ganderbal district.
According to officials, a total of 2,557 devotees, including 379 women and 226 sadhus, embarked on their journey towards Pahalgam in 104 vehicles. Simultaneously, 2,346 pilgrims set off for the Baltal base camp in a convoy of 131 vehicles. As of now, more than 350,000 people have registered online for the pilgrimage.
In summary, another batch of 4,903 pilgrims has begun their pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave shrine, bringing the total number of participants to 12,807 since the journey commenced on June 30. On the first day, over 8,000 pilgrims visited the shrine via the Nunwan-Pahalgam and Baltal routes. The pilgrimage has attracted registrations from over 350,000 individuals so far.
The annual pilgrimage to the holy Amarnath cave shrine in the picturesque South Kashmir Himalayas is in full swing, attracting thousands of devotees from different parts of the country. This revered pilgrimage holds immense religious significance for Hindus, who undertake the challenging journey to seek blessings from the ice stalagmite formed inside the cave, believed to represent Lord Shiva.
The enthusiasm among the pilgrims is evident as a fresh group of 4,903 devotees embarked on their spiritual expedition from the base camp. The atmosphere was charged with devotion and excitement as the pilgrims, comprising men, women, and sadhus (Hindu ascetics), set off on their arduous yet fulfilling expedition.
Since the journey commenced on June 30, when Lt Governor Manoj Sinha flagged off the first batch, a total of 12,807 pilgrims have undertaken the pilgrimage. This demonstrates the unwavering faith and determination of the devotees who have come from various corners of the country to embark on this sacred quest.
On the inaugural day of the 62-day yatra, more than 8,000 pilgrims had the privilege of offering their prayers at the shrine. The yatra kicked off from two different routes – the traditional 48-kilometer Nunwan-Pahalgam route in Anantnag district and the shorter but more challenging 14-kilometer Baltal route in Ganderbal district.
To ensure a smooth and secure journey, the authorities have made comprehensive arrangements. As part of these measures, 2,557 devotees, including a significant number of women and sadhus, commenced their pilgrimage to Pahalgam. They embarked on their journey in 104 vehicles, forming a convoy that wended its way through the breathtaking landscape of the Kashmir Valley.
Simultaneously, 2,346 pilgrims began their expedition to the Baltal base camp. Accompanied by 131 vehicles, this convoy embarked on the relatively shorter but steeper route, which presents its own set of challenges for the devotees.
The popularity of the Amarnath yatra can be gauged from the fact that more than 3.5 lakh people have registered themselves online for the pilgrimage. This overwhelming response showcases the deep-rooted faith and devotion of individuals who aspire to partake in this holy sojourn.
As the pilgrimage continues, the authorities are leaving no stone unturned to ensure the safety, comfort, and well-being of the pilgrims. Stringent security arrangements, medical facilities, and support services have been put in place to provide assistance at every step of the journey.
The Amarnath yatra is not just a spiritual expedition but also an opportunity for devotees to experience the mesmerizing natural beauty of the Kashmir region. The scenic landscapes, snow-clad peaks, and serene surroundings create an ambiance of tranquility and spirituality, adding to the overall allure of the pilgrimage.
As more pilgrims embark on this transformative journey, the Amarnath cave shrine reverberates with chants, prayers, and a profound sense of devotion. The pilgrimage remains a testament to the enduring faith of millions of devotees who consider this annual sojourn a cherished opportunity to connect with the divine.
With each passing day, the number of pilgrims undertaking the Amarnath yatra is expected to increase, further enhancing the spiritual fervor and reinforcing the significance of this revered pilgrimage in the hearts of millions.
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