As many as 3,51,604 pilgrims have paid obeisance at the shrine of Lord Shiva till yesterday.

The batch comprising 13 men and one woman left in a bus from Bhagwati Nagar base camp here at 4.45 AM, a police official said.

Amid tight security arrangements provided by CRPF, the pilgrims would reach the twin base camps at Pahalgam and Baltal by this evening, he 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.

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