As many as 1,491 pilgrims, including 939 men, 381 women and 21 children, left from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu in a cavalcade of 46 vehicles at 4:20 am, police said.

The convoy has already crossed Patnitop on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and would reach their destinations at Baltal and Pahalgam base camps by this evening, they said.

A total of 45,402 pilgrims have so far left from the Jammu base camp for the Amarnath shrine.

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, 1,93,000 pilgrims have registered themselves with the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB).

(JPN/Agencies)

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