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16.45 Lakh devotees visited Shri Mata Vaishno Devi till April

Jammu: Despite the COVID surge across country, a total of 16,45,333 devotees visited Mata Vaishno Devi in ​​the first 4 months of the year.

As per reports, the numbers of devotees very less as compared to earlier as people are not able to Vaishno Devi shrine due to restrictions imposed in the backdrop of COVID-19

In January, a total of 40,8861 devotees visited Mata Vaishno Devi, while in February, 3,89,549 devotees.

In the month of March, 5,25,198 devotees reached at Vaishno Devi Shrine, while in the month of April, a total of 3,21,725 ​​pilgrims  paid obeisance at Shrine Vaishno Devi .

At present, only 800 to 1000 devotees are reaching at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine. With which the path as far as the base camp of Vaishno Devi is completely deserted.

It is pertinent to mention here that amid pandemic, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has made it mandatory for all pilgrims to furnish a Covid negative report. A senior board official, requesting anonymity, said, “The Vaishno Devi shrine is one of the few places of worship in the country that are still seeking Covid-negative reports from pilgrims. Other shrines in the country have gradually removed all curbs and are allowing pilgrims, provided they wear face masks and follow social distancing protocols.”

 

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