Jammu, July 31 (IANS) A fresh batch of 590 pilgrims left Jammu on Monday for the ongoing Amarnath Yatra. Also Read - 'Another Phase of Greatest Witch Hunt', Says Donald Trump After US Senate Acquits Him in Historic Impeachment Trial

“Another batch of 590 pilgrims left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas at 5.45 a.m., in an escorted convoy of 16 vehicles for the Kashmir Valley,” officials said here. Also Read - US Court Seeks Status Report On Visas To Family Members Of H1-B Holders

So far this year, 2.54 lakh devotees have performed the pilgrimage inside the cave shrine situated at 3,888 metres above sea-level. Also Read - The Weeknd Performs Live At Super Bowl Halftime Show, Fans Share His Then-And-Now Photos

The shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that waxes and wanes with the size of the visible moon. Devotees believe the ice stalagmite structure symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva.

Pilgrims approach the shrine either through the traditional 46 km Pahalgam route or through the 14 km Baltal route.

Forty-eight pilgrims have lost their lives this year — 17 died in a road accident, eight were killed in a terror attack and 23 due to natural causes

The yatra that commenced on June 29 will conclude on August 7 on Shravan Purnima coinciding with the Raksha Bandhan festival.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.