First batch of pilgrims reach Amarnath Yatri Niwas Base Camp
First batch of pilgrims reach Amarnath Yatri Niwas Base Camp

Jammu: On Thursday, a significant number of pilgrims arrived at the Yatri Niwas Base Camp in Jammu, marking the beginning of the annual Amarnath Yatra scheduled to commence on July 1.

A multitude of pilgrims formed long queues outside the base camp, displaying high spirits and enthusiasm. The base camp is witnessing stringent security arrangements.

The revered Amarnath Yatra, spanning 62 days from July 1 to August 31, holds immense significance for Hindus, who embark on a sacred journey to the Amarnath Cave, believed to be the dwelling place of Lord Shiva. The pilgrimage commences from the ancient paths of Nunwan in Pahalgam and Baltal in the Ganderbal district of Kashmir, where devotees embark on their solemn trek.

In preparation for the Yatra, several langar committees began their preparations three days in advance on Wednesday to cater to the needs of the pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir.

These committees have set up sheds, arranged cooking resources, and procured other essential materials along the Jammu Srinagar National Highway in Ushampur district of Jammu and Kashmir. This year, a total of 22 langars have been established at various points along the highway (NHW-44).
Furthermore, as per an official statement by the Jammu and Kashmir police, on Wednesday, Director General of Police Dilbag Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Raj Kumar Goyal, and Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor Mandeep Kumar Bhandari conducted an extensive tour of the twin pilgrimage routes for the Amarnath Yatra.
The statement also highlighted the officials' focus on ensuring seamless coordination among the forces and other stakeholders to facilitate a smooth conduct of the Yatra. They stressed the need for identifying sensitive areas that may require additional arrangements for the pilgrims.

The deployed officers were directed to implement the devised plans on the ground to ensure the security and safety of the pilgrims. They were instructed to work diligently, upholding the highest standards of professionalism, while providing all necessary assistance and cooperation to the yatris, according to the official statement.
Ahead of the commencement of the yatra, the administration of Anantnag district in Jammu and Kashmir has set up comprehensive facilities, including medical care and sanitation, and stationed staff members at various locations, officials added.

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