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  • Commencement of Holy Navratras

KATRA: Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has made elaborate arrangements for the larger number of pilgrims who are likely to visit the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji during Navratras, which are commencing from tomorrow. These arrangements include ensuring proper water and power supply along the Track leading to the Shrine, sanitation and availability of special fast related food at the Bhojanalayas of the Shrine Board.

In this context, Mr. Ajeet Kumar Sahu, Chief Executive Officer of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, reviewed the to-date status of these arrangements with Dr. Piyush Singla and Dr. M. K. Kumar, Additional Chief Executive Officers of the Shrine Board, Deputy Chief Executive Officers, concerned engineers and Area as well as Unit Heads of the Shrine Board, keeping in view the large flow of pilgrims expected during the Navratras. He took stock of the arrangements put in place from Katra to Bhawan for the pilgrims.

Giving details of various arrangements made for the Navratras, the CEO informed that the Bhawan of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji, Atka and the area surrounding it have been tastefully decorated with flowers brought from various parts of the country and abroad. All the routes leading to the Holy Cave Shrine have been fully maintained for smooth movement of pilgrims, besides ensuring sufficient supplies of provisions, food, water etc. along the Track.

The CEO stated that the Shrine Board has also launched a special sanitation drive on the track and in the Bhawan area for ensuring utmost sanitation and cleanliness. He added that this cleanliness drive is in addition to the normal sanitation activities of the Shrine Board which include maintaining sanitation along the entire track and various establishments of the Shrine Board.  

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  • Asks officials to ensure uninterrupted supply of essential services

JAMMU: Speaker Legislative Assembly Kavinder Gupta today visited Bahu Fort and took stock of the arrangements put in place for the Navratras. The Speaker took a threadbare review of the arrangements and directed the concerned to make coordinated efforts for the smooth conduct of the rituals. He directed the officers to ensure uninterrupted power, water supply and proper sanitation in and around the temple.

The Speaker asked the concerned officials of PHE, PDD, Municipal and other concerned to ensure the basic facilities are provided to the pilgrims during these days. Addressing a gathering of people, the Speaker assured them that Government is working for the welfare of the people and every genuine problem of the people will be addressed. He asked the people for maintenance of cleanliness in and around the temple, as it is our prime duty to maintain sanitation so every pilgrim coming here should use dustbins.

Later interacting with the locals, the Speaker assured them that their demands for deep drainage system and the repairs of road would be taken up soon. SDM South Jammu, Joint Commissioner JMC besides other officials of concerned departments accompanied the Speaker.

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JAMMU: During 16 January to 11 March this year out of 6,83,032 pilgrims who paid obeisance at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine 1,46,535 went through the natural cave of whom 49,666 had darshan of the Sanctum Sanctorum through the natural cave in January, 73,034 in February and 23,835 during 1st - 11th March 2017. This was disclosed by Shri Ajeet Kumar Sahu, CEO of the Shrine Board in a Review Meeting held by Chairman of the Board, Shri N. N. Vohra.

It is pertinent to recall that every year the natural cave of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine remains open from around mid January to mid March when the number of pilgrims is at the lowest. During this period the natural cave is opened and closed on daily basis at regular intervals depending on the flow of pilgrims. CEO informed that every year the natural cave is opened for pilgrims for darshan of Holy Pindis of Maa Vaishno Devi after Makar Sankranti, as per usual practice in vogue. However, the SDM Bhawan is authorised to regulate the darshan through the natural cave considering the Yatra rush and congestion at Bhawan to avoid any inconvenience to the pilgrims.

CEO stated that due to continuous heavy flow of Yatra, continuous darshan via the old cave is not possible and hence it remains closed for Yatris throughout the year and opened only for few weeks after Makar Sankranti. This year the Yatra witnessed an upward surge from Holi festival onwards and the number of pilgrims paying their obeisance remained more than 20,000 daily. Therefore, the natural cave has not been opened thereafter.

Shri Sahu further informed that about 20,000 - 30,000 pilgrims are visiting the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi on daily basis during these days and the overall Yatra during 1 January - 22 March this year is 12,16,908 which is 1,51,006 higher than the Yatra in the corresponding period in 2016.