Over three lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the cave shrine of Amarnath.
    
The batch 262 men, 43 women and 32 sadhus left in a motorcade of 10 vehicles from Bhagwati Nagar base camp here at 5 AM, a police official said.

Amid tight security of CRPF, the convoy has already reached Kud on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

With today's batch, as many as 43,559 pilgrims have so far left from the Jammu base camp for the 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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