Jammu, June 30, 2023: Lieutenant Governor Shri Manoj Sinha flagged off the first batch of Shri Amarnath 2023 pilgrims from Yatri Niwas, Bhagwati Nagar, today. Amidst the chanting of Vedic Mantras, the first batch of 3488 pilgrims set off to the Holy Cave in a convoy of 164 light and heavy vehicles early in the morning.
The Lt Governor wished all the devotees a safe and spiritually-fulfilling journey and prayed for peace, prosperity and happiness to all. “The holy pilgrimage is the ultimate bliss. It is the path of humility, compassion and awareness. It is the journey of inner transformation.
The UT Administration has made elaborate arrangements for the safe and hassle-free pilgrimage of the devotees of Shri Amarnath Ji,” the Lt Governor said.
Eminent spiritual leaders; members of PRIs and ULBs; heads of religious organizations, senior officers of civil administration, Police, security forces and SASB officials, prominent citizens, and devotees in large number were present on the occasion.
Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2023 pilgrims were accorded a rousing reception by District Administration Udhampur on their arrival at Kali Mata Mandir Tikri.
On reaching at Kali Mata Temple, Pilgrims were warmly welcomed by Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur as well as PRI members and prominent citizens of the District.
Information Department Udhampur presented a colourful Cultural programme in which students of Government Higher Secondary School and Sainik Cooperative Public High School Tikri presented themed based cultural items which was applauded by the pligrims as well as local people.
The authorities urged upon the pilgrims to utilize and avail all the facilities being extended by the government during the yatra. The pilgrims were also informed about the arrangements made for them at the base camp, besides other facilities being extended to them.The pilgrims appreciated the goodwill gesture of Civil and Police Administration Udhampur for according them rousing reception and cooperation.
On way District Administration Ramban along with PRIs today warmly welcomed the first batch of Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra, 2023 at Chanderkote where the Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police received the devotees. Large number of PRIs including Sarpanches and Panches formerly welcomed the devotees besides interacting with them.
Shri AmarnathJi Yatries, the pilgrims proceeded ahead with much fervour amidst chants of spiritual hymns, they were warmly received by the Concerned Deputy Commissioners in Kulgam, Anantnag, Srinagar and other elected representatives and general public.
The first batch of pilgrims also reached Baltal base camp, Ganderbal today who were warmly welcomed by DDC Vice-Chairperson Ganderbal, DDC members, BDCs and other PRIs and Civil Society members here at Baltal Base Camp and were presented with garlands and bouquets.