Around 300 pilgrims and seers attended the season's final prayers inside the Himalayan cave shrine of Amarnath on Wednesday.

The cave shrine is situated in Kashmir Himalayas at a height of around 13,000 feet above sea level. Swami Dipendra Giri, custodian of Lord Shiva's holy mace known popularly as the 'Chhari Mubarak', arrived with the mace at the cave on Wednesday morning to herald the end of this year's Yatra.

"The Puja has been completed with traditional devotion inside the holy cave shrine this morning," Swami Dipendra Giri said.

"Around 300 devotees attended the Puja. We are now on our way back with the Chhari Mubarak," he added.

Over 3.5 lakh pilgrims from different parts of the country performed this year's Amarnath Yatra. Last year, nearly six lakh devouts had performed the pilgrimage. Fear among the devotees in the aftermath of Uttarakhand tragedy is believed to be responsible for the lesser number of pilgrims for the Amarnath Yatra this year.

(Agencies)

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