Record 1.70 lakh pilgrims visit Vaishno Devi for Navratras
Jammu & Kashmir

Record 1.70 lakh pilgrims visit Vaishno Devi for Navratras

Agency News

Jammu, Oct 3 : A record 1.70 lakh of pilgrims in the first four days of Navratras have paid obeisance at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Cave Shrine situated in Trikuta Hills of Katra town--the base camp--in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.

As per official figures, this is for the first time, record number of 1.70 lakh pilgrims visited the cave shrine in the first four days of ongoing navratras. They said that on the first day on September 29, as many as 48,900 pilgrims paid obeisance at Bhawan and on the second and third days, the figure was around 40,000 and on Wednesday, the fourth Navratra, 41,504 pilgrims had darshan of Natural 'pindies' in the cave.

Official sources said earlier in 2012, the highest number of pilgrims visited Katra during Navratras was 1.56 lakhs. "During nine day long Navratras, every year at an average of 3 to 3.5 lakh pilgrims visit Katra but this year the figure may exceed," they added.

Meanwhile "golden gate" at natural cave is the highlight of this year's Navratras as an entrance of the Bhawan has been revamped by the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.

However, during the ongoing navratras festival, the Katra town has turned hub of activities like devotional song competitions, Hasya Vayangya, Mata ki Kahani, Mata Ki Chowki, Kavi Sammelan, Shobha Yatra like programmes are being organised on a daily basis. (UNI)