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July 19, 2010

Fresh batch of 2083 pilgrims leave for Amarnath

Jammu:A fresh batch of 2,083 pilgrims left here on Monday for their onward journey to the holy Amarnath cave shrine. The batch comprising 1,333 men, 517 women, 42 children and 191 sadhus, left in a cavalcade of 65 vehicles from the base camp at Bhagwati Nagar. With today's batch, as many as 52,249 pilgrims have left from Jammu so far to the cave shrine since the commencement of the yatra on June 30. According to sources, the yatra is going on smoothly. All arrangements, including security, are in place to ensure smooth yatra via twin tracks from Pahalagam-Amarnath and Baltal-Amarnath. The Amarnath cave shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the main shrine is claimed to be over 5,000-years-old.

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