Katra: Notwithstanding disturbed conditions in the State earlier in view of Pulwama terror strike followed by Indian air raid at Balakot, abrogation of Special Constitutional provisions of the State and bifurcations of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh, over 6 million pilgrims have performed darshan at holy cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi Ji this year so far while 3.64 lakh yatris
visited the Bhawan during Navratras, the highest in last many years.
“Over 62.40 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance to Goddess Vaishno Devi this year so far,” Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB), Simrandeep Singh said.
He said during just concluded Navratras, 3.64 lakh pilgrims visited Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, which were highest in last many years. The Navratras concluded with Durga Navmi yesterday. Ever since the inception of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board in 1986, the shrine has witnessed an ever-increasing number of devotees.
The footfall in the yatra which was 13.96 lakh in 1986, increased to its highest of 1.04 crore in 2012. It saw 93.24 lakh pilgrims in 2013, 78.03
lakh in 2014, 77.76 lakh in 2015, 77.23 lakh in 2016, 81.78 lakh in 2017 and 85.87 lakh pilgrims in 2018.
Over 5 lakh pilgrims visited the shrine in January this year but the number fell to 2.69 lakh in February, the month in which a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama district of south Kashmir martyred 44 jawans.