Located atop the Trikuta hills in Reasi district of Jammu, Mata Vaishno Devi temple which had been shut for five months during the Covid-19 lockdown was reopened for the pilgrims in August 16. Initially, the concerned adminstration issued the SOPs permitting the entry of 2,000 pilgrims per day in the premises of the Shrine, including 100 from outside Jammu and Kashmir. Subsequently, the cap on the number of pilgrims has been changing since then.
As per the recent developments in this regard, the adminstration has raised the cap on daily number of pilgrims visiting Mata Vaishno Devi shrine from 7000 to 15000 now. Besides this, the compulsion of undergoing home quarantine for 14 days for the travellers has also been removed by the administration.
These orders came into effect from November 1, but the devotees will have to follow all other instructions issued under ‘Unlock 5’ till November 30. Also, the pilgrims are required to use online mode to register themselves to avoid the mass gathering of people at the yatra registration counters, which could lead to the spread of pandemic.
The accommodation facilities for the pilgrims are also available at Katra, the Bhawan, Ardhkuwari and Jammu. To facilitate the devotees, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has also set up other facilities including helicopter services, passenger ropeway, and battery-powered vehicles. These services have also been ordered to follow all the adequate social distancing norms and COVID-19 guidelines.
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