PAHALGAM — Amid unprecedented security arrangements, the first batch of pilgrims left for the holy cave from Nunwan base camp in Pahalgam area of Anantnag district on Thursday.

Officials, according to news agency Kashmir News Observer (KNO), said that the first batch of 2,750 pilgrims left for the cave shrine, which was flagged off by DC Anantnag, Dr Piyush Singla.

Amarnath Yatra, which began today, is being held after two years as it remained suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 43-day Yatra will conclude on August 11 on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

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Yatris, who left for the holy cave from Pahalgam were seen as very happy, besides complimenting security and other arrangements made by the administration.

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Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday said that he has a firm belief that the Amarnath Yatra, which began today, will be peaceful and successful by the blessings of Shri Amarnath Ji Baba.

Talking to a selected group of reporters today morning, Sinha said that by the blessings of Baba Amarnath Ji, the Yatra will be successful and peaceful as well.

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He said that pilgrims have come from across the country and he has a firm belief that every pilgrim will go back happily and everyone’s prayers are accepted.

Sinha also said that he prayed for the development, peace and prosperity of Jammu and Kashmir, and the entire country.

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