Jammu. ,Hundreds of ardent devotees with many cheers like ‘Bam-Bum Bhole’, ‘Jai Baba Barfani Ki’ reached the base camp in Jammu’s Bhagwati Nagar for the Amarnath Yatra on Tuesday despite fears of terror threats. The pilgrims, who came amidst tight security, will start their yatra on Wednesday for the holy cave located in the South Kashmir Himalayas. Devotees said their reverence for Lord Shiva and security forces encouraged them to undertake the annual Amarnath Yatra. Amarnath Yatra is happening after a gap of two years due to the Kovid epidemic. Officials said the first batch of pilgrims will leave for the Jammu base camp on Wednesday. He said that a multi-layered security arrangement has been made around the base camp, accommodation and registration and token centers amid the deployment of more than 5,000 security personnel in Jammu city.
Vinay Kumar of Lucknow, who was among the devotees, said, “Neither worry nor fear, Baba Amarnath ji ki Jai.” Vinay, a member of the 12-member group that came from Lucknow, lauded the officials for making the best possible arrangements, saying that he has full faith in Lord Shiva and the security forces. Upmita, a Bengaluru resident who was present here along with seven other members of her family, said her fear vanished soon after reaching the base camp. Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) is removing all the hurdles to ensure smooth conduct of the pilgrimage commencing on June 30 from Kashmir.
Yatra will start from June 30 on the traditional double route
Officials said that more than 3,000 pilgrims have reached Jammu and have been kept at the base camp and various accommodation centres, around 400 sadhus have also come to the Ram temple camp for the yatra. The first batch of pilgrims, including sadhus, will leave for the base camp in Kashmir, a day before the official announcement of the yatra. According to tradition, the yatra will end on August 11, the day of Raksha Bandhan. The journey will start from June 30 on the traditional double route. One route is 48 km long Nunwan in Pahalgam of South Kashmir. The second is the 14-km-long Baltal route in Ganderbal in central Kashmir.
Lt Governor Manoj Sinha visited the base camp
Kartikeshwar Ram, who hails from South India, said, “We have been regularly praying in the cave temple for the past 15 years. This year also I am going for peace and prosperity of mankind.” On Monday, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha visited the base camp here and reviewed the arrangements for the Amarnath Yatra and said that the security forces are on alert to ensure smooth conduct of the pilgrimage. Sinha also said that the people of the Union Territory are excited to welcome the visiting pilgrims.
About three lakh pilgrims have registered
About three lakh pilgrims have so far registered for the annual Amarnath Yatra, officials said. The government this year has introduced a Radio Frequency Verification (RFID) system for the pilgrims to track their movement on the way to ensure their well being.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : June 28, 2022, 21:25 IST