Amarnath Yatra proceeds peacefully; 1,621 pilgrims leave Jammu

Jammu: Another batch of 1,621 pilgrims left Jammu on Wednesday to perform the Amarnath Yatra which has been proceeding peacefully in the Kashmir Valley, officials said.

Visuals of the first Darshan in Holy Amarnath cave

Amarnath Yatra 2016 First Day 1
Situated 3,888 metres above the sea level in Kashmir Himalayas, the cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that wanes and waxes with the phases of the moon.

Devotees believe the ice stalagmite structure known as the ‘Lingam’ symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva.

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From Baltal base camp, the yatris trek 14 Kilometres to reach the cave shrine.

Those using this north Kashmir route return to the base camp the same day after having the ‘Darshan’.

The traditional Pahalgam route is 46-km long and takes three days for a pilgrim to teach the cave shrine from Nunwan (Pahalgam) base camp.

Helicopter services are also available for pilgrims from both the north and the south base camp sites.

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