With today's batch, as many as 17,487 pilgrims have so far left from Jammu base camp for Amarnath shrine.
In the latest batch 1,494 men, 262 women, 29 children and 100 sadhus left in a cavalcade of 53 vehicles from Bhagwati Nagarbase camp here at 04:43 AM, a police official said. 

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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