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Amarnath yatra begins today under heavy security

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Ahead of the commencement of the 45-day long Amarnath Yatra, authorities have made tight security arrangements for the first batch of pilgrims at Baltal Base Camp. The Yatra will begin from Monday and conclude on August 15. While speaking to ANI, Ganderbal SSP Khalil Ahmad Poswal said, “All forces are deployed here. Around 10,000 pilgrims can stay in the base camp. Pilgrims are getting electricity, water, sanitation and food facility here. The first batch will leave from here tomorrow morning.” Situated at an altitude of 3,888 m, the Amarnath cave is considered as one of the holiest shrines for Hindus. The Amarnath Yatra is conducted every year during Shravani Mela, which starts from July and continues till August. The holy cave remains open during this period and it attracts lakhs of pilgrims every year. Earlier, district administration along with locals welcomed the first batch of enthusiastic pilgrims at Tikri.

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