Lowest number of pilgrims leave for Amarnath Yatra


Jammu, Aug 5: Ever since the Amarnath Yatra started on July 2, the lowest number of 113 pilgrims left winter capital Jammu for the Valley on Friday.

“A total of 113 yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in Jammu for the Valley today (on Friday). They left in a convoy escorted by security forces,” a senior police officer said in Jammu.

So far, 2,20,000 pilgrims have had Darshan inside the cave shrine situated at 3,888 metres above sea level in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

Due to the prevailing law and order situation in the Valley, the number of pilgrims has been falling steadily with each passing day.

The 48-day Yatra will end on August 17 coinciding with Shravan Purnima and Raksha Bandhan festivals.

At least 21 pilgrims have died so far this year due to natural causes.

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