Every year, thousands of devotees visit the Himalayan cave shrine Amarnath in Jammu and Kashmir.
This year, the pilgrimage opened on July 1st, and since then nearly 17 thousand people have made the dangerous journey to the cave shrine to seek blessings.
During one such trip this year, a group of pilgrims came face to face with shooting stones. Thankfully, with the efforts of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), they came out of the incident unharmed.
The incident was captured on tape and shared on ITBP's Twitter profile on July 4th. It has only been a day since the video was posted but it has already gathered more than 16,000 views.
The video shows the para-military jawans forming a human shield and holding off shooting stones on a snow-covered hill. Their act of courage protected and saved the Amarnath yatris from any harm.
Twitter reacted to this show of bravery, and called the ITBP jawans 'heroes'.
Duty before death— Hitesh Sharma (@Hitvi008) July 4, 2019
Oh...— DhartiPutra1942 (@DPutra1942) July 4, 2019
Shows to the lengths to which these brave men go to protect the yatris.
Hats off to them.
Legends... Hero to yahi hai...— Harvinder Singh (@HarvinderWe) July 4, 2019
Heart goes out to them— JAI HIND (@joehere8) July 4, 2019
The ITBP jawans also offered medical aid like oxygen to any yatris in need.