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    Around 80,000 pilgrims visit Amarnath Yatra in first six days

    By Ians
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    Jammu, July 5: Amid heightened security, nearly 80,000 pilgrims have visited the Amarnath Yatra in the last six days, an official said on Wednesday as another batch of 3,389 pilgrims left Jammu for the cave shrine in the Kashmir Valley.

    They left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas at 4.05 a.m. in a convoy of 102 vehicles escorted by the paramilitary forces.

    Around 80,000 pilgrims perform Amarnath Yatra in 6 days amid security

    "Of these, 2,253 'yatris' are bound for the Pahalgam base camp while 1,136 are bound for the Baltal base camp," the official said.

    On the sixth day on Tuesday, over 16,000 pilgrims performed 'darshan' inside the cave shrine, the official added.

    The 40-day long Yatra started on June 29 and will end on August 7 on 'Shravan Purmina' coinciding with the Raksha Bandhan festival.

    Situated at over 3,888 metres above the sea-level in the Himalayas, the cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure which the devotees believe symbolizes mythical powers of Lord Shiva.

    The ice stalagmite structure waxes and wanes with the size of the visible moon.

    The pilgrims reach the cave from two routes -- either the traditional 46km long track from south Kashmir Pahalgam base camp or the 14km track from north Kashmir Baltal base camp. Helicopter services were also available for pilgrims from both the base camps.

      IANS

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