The Amarnath Yatra to the cave shrine in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district will start on Saturday and end on August 10, coinciding with Shravan Purnima festival.

“A total of 42 vehicles, including 23 buses and 19 light motor vehicles, carrying 1,160 pilgrims left Jammu amid tight security. There are 957 men, 187 women and 19 children among the yatris," an official from the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) said.

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 SASB. Due to heavy snow along the traditional Pahalgam route in south Kashmir, the yatra will start on Saturday only via the Baltal route in north Kashmir, the official said.

A decision on when to start the yatra from the Pahalgam route would be taken by the SASB on July 1.

Governor NN Vohra is the chairman of the SASB. Assisted by a chief executive officer and other staff, the governor is personally supervising the smooth conduct of the yatra.


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