Jammu: As many as 5,584 devotees visited Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, which remained suspend in the backdrop of COVID-19 for five months and resumed on August 16.
Of these, 3,464 pilgrims were from Jammu and Kashmir, while 1870 pilgrims were from other states of the country. Moreover, among 5,584 devotees, around 250 devotees reached by helicopter service.
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board is currently allowing 2,000 devotees to visit on daily basis. Of these, 1750 pilgrims can travel daily from Jammu and Kashmir and 250 from other states of the country.
The helicopter service was resumed for the convenience of devotees from August 25, but due to bad weather, only about 250 devotees were able to avail this service in the last week of August. Although the Shrine Board has currently fixed the daily figure of 2,000 pilgrims, this figure has not been touched by the devotees even once during the yatra which started again from August 16.
Devotees are following the guidelines issued by the Shrine Board regarding the Vaishno Devi Yatra. Devotees of Jammu and Kashmir are undergoing rapid tests on the entryway of mother Vaishno Devi. On the other hand, devotees from other states are bringing the COVID-19 test report with them.