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Over 2.3 lakh pilgrims perform Amarnath Yatra

Amarnath Yatra Photograph:( Zee News Network )

Jammu Jul 19, 2019, 02.10 PM (IST)

Over 2.3 lakh pilgrims have completed the Amarnath Yatra since it started on July 1.

"As many as 2,32,860 pilgrims have had darshan at the shrine during the last 18 days," said officials of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB).

Authorities have made tight security arrangements for the safety of pilgrims during the 45-day long Amarnath Yatra.

Last month, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a review meeting on security arrangements for the yatra. State Governor Satyapal Malik also was also present in the review meeting. 

Before the Home Minister's visit, Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh visited units deployed for security of Amarnath yatra and reviewed the security arrangements on both the axis of Baltal and Pahalgam. 

The cave shrine situated at 3,888 metres above the sea-level in Kashmir Himalayas houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva.

This year's Amarnath Yatra will conclude on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival. 

As many as 2,85,006 lakh pilgrims had paid obeisance at the shrine last year, while the number of pilgrims was 3,52,771 in 2015, 3,20,490 in 2016 and 2,60,003 in 2017. 

(With inputs from agencies)