In Jammu and Kashmir, the first batch of 2,234 Amarnath pilgrims left the Bhagwati Nagar-base camp in Jammu for Kashmir Valley this morning. Amid tight security arrangements the pilgrims including 1,839 men, 333 women 17 children and 45 Sadhus and Sadhvis’ left the base camp in a cavaclade of 93 light and heavy vehicles.
The first batch was formally flagged off by the Advisor to J&K Governor K.K.Sharma amid the chanting of mantras after the special puja performed at the Base camp around 4:30 am today.
This year’s 46 day’s annual pilgrimage to Amarnath Cave Shrine in Kashmir Valley is commencing from tomorrow.
In the wake of the pilgrimage,security has been beefed up on Lakhanpur-Jammu and Jammu-Srinagar highways to facilitate the smooth conduct.
Inspector General CRPF A.V. Chauhan told AIR that adequate number of CRPF, state police and armed police personnel have been deployed in Jammu city and on highways.
The convoy of vehicles ferrying pilgrims from Jammu base camp to Srinagar were being escorted by the security personnel.
The annual Amarnath pilgrimage is undertaken by pilgrims from all over the country to reach the cave shrine, devoted to Lord Shiva, at an altitude of 13,500 feet.