In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the natural cave of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji has been opened for Darshans for the devotees since Makar Sankranti. The practice in vogue and since then a large number of pilgrims have performed Darshans via the natural Cave, by strictly following the social distancing norms and other precautionary measures with regard to COVID-19. Worth to mention that every year the natural Cave is opened for pilgrims on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti amidst chanting of Vedic Mantras and performing other rituals.
Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB), Ramesh Kumar said that usually pilgrims are allowed from the natural cave when the daily Yatra is below 10 thousand mark. In this context, the SDM Bhawan has been authorised to regulate the Darshans through the natural cave considering the rush of pilgrims at Bhawan so that there is no waiting and to avoid any inconvenience to the pilgrims.
Meanwhile, the Yatra to the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji is progressing smoothly and since 1st January this year, over 5.17 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the Sanctum Sanctorum. Pertinently, the Shrine Board has recently launched many new pilgrim-centric initiatives like online Darshan, home delivery of Pooja Prasad, ‘Mata Vaishno Devi Mobile App’, Call Centre etc. The Mobile App is of immense help to the devotees across the globe to have live Darshans of Maa Vaishno Devi’s Pindi Roop every day during morning and evening Aarti, besides availing various other facilities made available by the Shrine Board through this medium.
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