Aged pilgrim dies near Vaishno Devi shrine, 1,753 pilgrims leaves for Amarnath
An 85-year-old pilgrim died near the Vaishno Devi shrine in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.
An 85-year-old pilgrim died near the Vaishno Devi shrine in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, while a fresh batch of 1,753 pilgrims today left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp for the valley to perform the annual Amarnath Yatra, officials said.
The officials said he was shifted to the nearby Bhawan dispensary but was declared brought dead by doctors.
Meanwhile, a fresh batch of 1,753 pilgrims, including 369 women and 50 sadhus, left the base camp in Jammu to join the ongoing yatra to the 3,880-metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, they said.
They said the pilgrims left in a convoy of 56 vehicles under tight security.
The 60-day yatra began from the twin routes of Baltal in Ganderbal district and Pahalgam in Anantnag district on June 28 and is scheduled to conclude on August 26 coinciding with 'Raksha Bandhan' festival.
A group of 7,665 pilgrims paid obeisance at the cave shrine yesterday, taking the number of pilgrims who had the 'darshan' of the naturally formed ice-shivlingam till last evening to more than 2.16 lakh.
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