Over 62.71 lakh pilgrims have visited Vaishno Devi shrine so far this year 1
Katra: Devotees supply prayers on the holy cave shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi on the event of ‘Mahanavami’, the ninth day of Navaratri pageant. (Source: PTI/File)

Over 62.71 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance on the well-known Vaishno Devi shrine atop the Trikuta hills in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district so far this year, officers mentioned on Tuesday.

The quantity included 3,64,643 pilgrims who visited the cave shrine through the Navratras which concluded on the auspicious event of Mahanavami on Monday, the very best prior to now a number of years, they mentioned. They mentioned the footfall on the shrine was over 15 lakh put up the scrapping of the particular standing of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.

While the restrictions had been positioned as a precautionary measure throughout the state within the aftermath of the abrogation of provisions below Article 370 of the Constitution, they had been eased inside every week in Jammu area the place the Vaishno Devi shrine is positioned as regular life continued to stay disrupted in Kashmir for the 65th consecutive day on Tuesday.

Ever for the reason that inception of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board in 1986, the shrine has witnessed an ever-increasing variety of devotees.

The footfall within the yatra which was 13.96 lakh in 1986, elevated to its highest of 1.04 core in 2012. It noticed 93.24 lakh pilgrims in 2013, 78.03 lakh in 2014, 77.76 lakh in 2015, 77.23 lakh in 2016, 81.78 lakh in 2017 and 85.87 lakh pilgrims in 2018.

The officers mentioned over 5 lakh pilgrims visited the shrine in January this year however the quantity fell to 2.69 lakh in February, the month by which a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide assault on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama district of south Kashmir killed 40 jawans.

The subsequent occasions like India’s preemptive airstrike on a JeM camp in Pakistan’s Balakote on February 26 in response to the February 14 Pulwama terror assault, parliamentary elections within the nation and restrictions on the motion of civilian site visitors to facilitate clean motion of Amarnath pilgrims from Jammu to Kashmir had some impression on the arrival of pilgrims on the shrine as solely 4.62 lakh devotees visited the shrine in March. However, the variety of pilgrims marked an upward development in April when 6,90,893 individuals visited the shrine, adopted by 8,07,125 in May, 11,59,715 in June and eight,45,071 in July, the officers mentioned.

The issuance of an advisory by the state administration on August 2, asking Amarnath pilgrims and vacationers to go away Kashmir on account of a “terror threat” had an impression on the footfall at Vaishno Devi shrine, with solely 6,02,088 pilgrims becoming a member of the yatra to the shrine in August.

On Monday, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik directed that the Home Department’s advisory be lifted with impact from October 10. In the month of September, as many as 6,56,167 pilgrims visited the Vaishno Devi shrine, the officers mentioned, including that the Navratras, from September 29 to October 7, noticed over 3,64,643 pilgrims providing prayers on the shrine at a median of 40,515 devotees every day.

They mentioned 3.07 lakh pilgrims had arrived on the shrine through the Navratras in 2017 and three.20 lakh in 2018. The newly constructed ‘Golden Gate’ on the entrance of the cave shrine, having 9 photos of goddess Durga with Mahalakshmi figured prominently, and the launch of the Vande Bharat Express was the spotlight of this year’s Navratras.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the launch of the Vande Bharat Express on the Delhi-Katra route as a “Navratri gift” for the devotees of Vaishno Devi.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah flagged off the practice from the New Delhi railway station and mentioned it was a “big gift” for the event of Jammu and Kashmir which is all set to turn into Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh on the fag finish of this month.


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