Jammu: Within a short span of 22 days, the Amarnath Yatra this year broke all the previous records as over five lakh pilgrims offered prayers at the holy shrine. The record was made possible largely due to a pleasant weather and a dispute free religious journey.

This is the highest count of pilgrims in Amarnath Yatra history and is expected to break many more records in days to come. The yatra which commenced on June 29 will conclude on August 13.

Shri Amarnath Yatra Shrine Board had set a number of 10, 000 pilgrims to be allowed for the yatra everyday. But, after observing the heavy rush, they had to allow 32, 000 visitors to the holy shrine per day.

Last year, around one lakh pilgrims went to the shrine in a period of a month. In a significant change this time round, the heavy rush has been an outcome of a proper law and order situation, no dispute and a pleasant weather.

As per the Shrine Board, around 22,500 pilgrims prayed before the holy shrine on Wednesday, thereby, registering more than five lakh pilgrims.

JPN/Bureau