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PILGRIMS STRANDED AT MATA VAISHNO DEVI

By Nanki Ahluwalia . 31st March 2018 07:45pm
PILGRIMS STRANDED AT MATA VAISHNO DEVI

The yatra at Mata Vaishno Devi was stranded by the Shrine Board observing the huge rush of pilgrims at Katra base camp in Reasi District. The number of devotees visiting the shrine has constantly been on a rise. An official from the Shrine board said that the ticket counters had to be closed two hours before its standard time due to the massive crowd of pilgrims. "More than 41,000 pilgrims had left for the shrine, but the ticket counter was closed at 8:00 p.m., two hours before its scheduled time due to heavy rush of pilgrims,'' the official said. [caption id="attachment_32974" align="alignnone" width="400"]Ticket Counter/Katra Source[/caption] Furthermore, the official noted that around 15,000 to 20,000 pilgrims are stranded at the Katra base camp.A similar decision was taken by the board in January when the number of devotees reached the mark of 50000 on the new year’s eve.  On an average around 35000-40000 devotees pay their obeisance at the temple every day. National Green Tribunal took a decision last year in November and limited the number of devotees who were allowed to visit the Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir to 50,000 per day, taking into account the increasing pressure of pilgrims on the shrine and its impact on the region. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) said once the limit is reached, devotees will be stopped either at Ardhkumari or Katra.