The first batch of Amarnath Yatris left Jammu for the Kashmir Valley on Sunday to begin this year’s annual Hindu pilgrimage to the Himalayan Cave Shrine.
The 45-day long Amarnath Yatra will officially commence from Monday and conclude on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.
According to police sources, the first batch of pilgrims include 1,051 bound for the north Kashmir Baltal base camp and 1,183 to the Pahalgam base camp. The first batch of pilgrims comprise of 1,839 males, 333 females, 45 sadhus and 17 children.
Police said that the pilgrims left in security escorted convoys and during the journey no opposite movement of traffic will be allowed on the Jammu-Srinagar highway till 3 pm on Sunday. The two-way vehicular movement of traffic has been cancelled in order to ensure that the pilgrims cross the Jawahar Tunnel without any delay.
To make a violence free Amarnath Yatra, extra ordinary security arrangements have been made to ensure a smooth journey.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah also reviewed the security arrangements during his visit to Kashmir last week.