Jammu: The number of pilgrims paying obeisance at the 3,880-metre high cave shrine of Amarnath in the Lidder valley of South Kashmir Himalayas crossed the two lakh mark.
“On the 18th day of the yatra 7,214 pilgrims paid obeisance at the holy cave, and cumulatively since the beginning of the pilgrimage, 2,02,705 yatris have had the darshan at the holy cave”, an official spokesman said.
Amid tight security, the 17th batch of 3,603 pilgrims left Jammu for the Amarnath cave shrine.
The government has put a heavy security blanket of over 35,000 to 40,000 troops, including the police, the Army, the BSF and the CRPF.
This years’ yatra will conclude on on August 7.
Situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of the Lidder valley, the Amarnath cave shrine is 46 km from Pahalgam and 14 km from Baltal.