A total of 53,442 pilgrims have left Jammu base camp for Amarnath so far.

Meanwhile, another batch of 278 pilgrims left for Budha Amarnath shrine in Poonch district in eight vehicles from Bhagwati Nagar Base camp in Jammu city. The yatra started on Friday.

Situated at an altitude of 13,000 feet, the Amarnath cave shrine houses the Holy Lingam, an ice stalagmite structure believed to symbolize Lord Shiva.

For this year's yatra, 193,000 pilgrims have registered themselves with the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB).

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