Jammu, July 26: As many as 2.46 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir himalayas till date, as a smaller batch of 667 pilgrims left on Thursday Jammu for the yatra.

“On the 28th day of the ongoing Amarnath Yatra, 4,502 Yatris paid obeisance at the holy cave. Till date 2,46,667 Yatris had the darshan of the Shivling at the cave shrine last night,” an official spokesman told PTI.

Amid tight security, a smaller batch of 667 yatris left Bhagwati Nagar yatri niwas base camp in an escorted convoy of 19 vehicles, they said. The 60-day yatra commenced from the twin routes of Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district on June 28.

The yatra is scheduled to conclude on August 26 coinciding with ‘Raksha Bandhan’ festival.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.