The batch with 1,878 men, 546 women, 40 children and 150 sadhus, left in a cavalcade of 78 vehicles from Bhagwati Nagarbase camp here at 4:57 AM amid tight security, a police official said.

The convoy has crossed Tomatar Morh on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and would reach its destination at Baltal and Pahalgam base camps by this evening, he added.

With today's batch, as many as 13,832 pilgrims have so far left from Jammu base camp for Amarnath shrine.

The cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that waxes and wanes with the phases of the Moon. Devotees believe that the ice stalagmite structure called the 'Lingam' symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva.

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