New Delhi: The Amarnath Yatra started in Jammu and Kashmir on July 1, 2023, and will continue till August 31, 2023. This time an important change has been made in the route of the pilgrimage. ITBP has been deployed in place of CRPF in the security of the holy cave. Apart from the cave, there has been a change in the deployment of security forces at many other places as well. ITBP has a lot of experience doing duty in mountains and snow. This force is also given training to deal with natural calamities.
The Shri Amarnath Shrine Board said in an official statement on Wednesday that since the commencement of the yatra on July 1, 2023, a total of 67,566 pilgrims have visited Baba Barfani at the cave shrine. More pilgrims will visit the temple in the coming days. Shri Amarnath Yatra, which lasts for 62 days, will end on 31 August 2023.
On Wednesday, 18,354 pilgrims left for the Amarnath cave shrine from both the Baltal base camp and the Nunwan base camp. During the Amarnath Yatra, the cave temple is reached through both these routes. Elaborate security arrangements have been made during the Amarnath Yatra.
An official statement said these include 12483 men, 5146 women, 457 children, 266 sadhus and 2 sadhvis. It has been said that the total number of pilgrims who have visited since the beginning is 67566. Agencies like ITBP, BSF, and CRPF are deployed for the security of Amarnath Yatra.
According to the official spokesperson of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, the pilgrims are being assisted during their entire journey by state agencies and civic departments by providing all necessary things and facilities. NDRF teams are ready for any adverse situation and are monitoring the peaks through drones.
Yatris are provided with complete facilities including langar, health facilities, assistance by service providers including Poniwala, Pithuwala, Dandiwala, sanitation, and many other aids under the supervision of the camp directors, the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board statement said.