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Another batch of 5273 pilgrims leave Jammu for Amarnath cave shrine

With this, a total of 47,546 pilgrims have so far left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp since the commencement of the yatra from Jammu on June 30, a day ahead of the official start of the 46-day pilgrimage from the twin tracks of Pahalgam and Baltal.

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The yatra is scheduled to end on August 15 coinciding with the Raksha Bandhan festival. (File photo)

The 10th batch of 5,273 pilgrims Wednesday left a base camp here to pay obeisance at the 3,880 meter high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, officials said.

With this, a total of 47,546 pilgrims have so far left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp since the commencement of the yatra from Jammu on June 30, a day ahead of the official start of the 46-day pilgrimage from the twin tracks of Pahalgam and Baltal.

Till Tuesday evening, 1,21,196 yatris had offered prayers at the cave shrine, housing the naturally formed ice-shivlingam, since the beginning of the yatra.

The yatra is scheduled to end on August 15 coinciding with the Raksha Bandhan festival.

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The latest batch, which also included 26 children, left in a convoy of 226 vehicles under tight security cover and will reach the base camps of Pahalgam and Baltal later in the day, the officials said.

They said while 3,496 pilgrims — including 492 women, 11 children and 188 seers- – will undertake the yatra from Pahalgam, 1777 pilgrims — including 481 women and 15 children — will move ahead from the Baltal track.