Over 2,200 pilgrims desirous of undertaking the annual Amarnath Yatra left Jammu’s Bhagwati Nagar-base camp for the Kashmir Valley on Sunday morning amid tight security.
The annual Amarnath pilgrimage is undertaken by pilgrims from all over the country to reach the cave shrine, devoted to Lord Shiva, at an altitude of 13,500 feet.
The pilgrims, 1,839 men, 333 women, 17 children and 45 men and women monks left the base camp in a cavalcade of 93 vehicles.
“The first batch was formally flagged off by the Advisor to J&K Governor K.K. Sharma amid the chanting of mantras after the special puja performed at the Base camp around 4:30 am early Sunday.
This year’s 46-day annual pilgrimage to Shri Amarnath Cave Shrine in Kashmir Valley is commencing from Monday.
In the wake of the pilgrimage, security has been beefed up on Lakhanpur-Jammu and Jammu-Srinagar highways to facilitate the smooth conduct.
The convoy of vehicles ferrying pilgrims from Jammu base camp to Srinagar are being escorted by the security personnel.