The batch, with 1,888 men, 492 women, 26 children and 150 sadhus, left in a cavalcade of 70 vehicles from Bhagwati Nagar base camp here at 04:57 AM, a police official said.

The convoy of the yatra has already reached Kud at 10 AM on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

With today's batch, as many as 22,465 pilgrims have so far left from Jammu base camp for Amarnath shrine.

The cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon. Devotees call the stalagmite structure the 'Holy Lingam' and believe it symbolises mystical powers of Lord Shiva.

Jammu-Srinagar national highway is the only surface route for the annual Hindu pilgrimage to the Himalayan cave shrine situated 14,500 feet above the sea level in South Kashmir's Anantnag district.

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