Holy cave OF Shri Mata Vaishno Devi shrine has been witnessing gradual increase in number of pilgrims after the re-opening of the yatra.
However, there are some restrictions on the number of people being allowed to visit the shrine every day, keeping in view the safety guidelines to curb the spread of Covid-19 disease.
Pertaining, in the first week of the pilgrimage, 2,000 pilgrims will be allowed of which 1,900 will be from Jammu and Kashmir and the remaining 100 from outside the Union Territory. The pilgrims will be allowed to undertake the yatra only after online registration. The government has come out with a detailed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and the pilgrims are requested to follow the guidelines for their own safety and the safety of others.
Expressing happiness at the reopening of the temple for devotees, a pilgrim said that it was important to follow rules during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I’m happy that people can visit the temple once again,” Prashant Sharma, one of the first pilgrims to visit the shrine, “he added.
“The shrine management has laid out the rules clearly, and pilgrims are also following them properly. It is important to follow rules during the COVID-19 pandemic. If rules are not followed then the darshans will be closed soon,” he added.
A massive sanitisation campaign was launched by the shrine board right from Katra to Bhawan before the resumption of the pilgrimage.