STATE TIMES NEWS
Srinagar: Over 20,000 pilgrims today paid obeisance at the Holy Cave Shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas even as the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) released 8,400 slots to accommodate unregistered Yatris as part of efforts to ensure peaceful Yatra.
“On the 5th day of the ongoing Shri Amarnathji Yatra 20,822 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave. Till date 65,495 Yatris have had Darshan of the Ice Lingam at the Shrine,” an official spokesman said.
This is the highest number of pilgrims paying obeisance in a single day since the commencement of the 59-day Yatra from the two routes of Baltal in Ganderbal district and Pahalgam in Anantnag District on 2nd July.
The spokesman said 8,400 slots were released by the SASB for on-spot registration at various counters for the Yatra commencing on 9th and 10th July from the two access control gates at Baltal and Chandanwari-Pahalgam.
“The slots are available on first come first serve basis.The Yatris have been advised to undertake the Yatra on the respective date of registration to avoid any inconvenience,” he said.
The spokesman advised the pilgrims who have not yet registered to undertake advance registration which closes eight days prior to intended date of commencement of Yatra.
Meanwhile, the sixth batch comprising 2,128 pilgrims today left from the Base Camp here for the Holy Cave Shrine amid tight security.
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