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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir

This year’s Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir is poised to surpass all the previous records.

‘Over 62 lakh pilgrims from various parts of the country and abroad have already visited and paid obeisance at the holy cave shrine during the past ten months’, Additional Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) Mr. Puneet Kumar informed, further adding that “if the trend of pilgrims remains the same what has been during the past six months, the yatra may cross an all time high record of 74 lakhs, as during each of the past six months the number of pilgrims has never fallen below 7 lakh per month.”

Elaborating on the statistics, the Additional CEO said that against 62,00356 pilgrims visiting the Himalyan shrine from January to October this year, their number was 59,25,059 during the corresponding period last year. In all 69,50,573 pilgrims had darshan of the Mata in 2006, he maintained.

The yatra influx during the past six months has continuously remained over seven lakhs though it crossed 9.57 lakhs in June, the peak month as for as pilgrimage is concerned.
In May 7,99,079 yatris visited the shrine against 7,15,259 in July, 7,03,840 in August, 7,03,840 in August and 7,56,395 in September, the Additional CEO said.

Mr. Kumar announced that the Board has opened the old cave of the shrine for darshan to provide enhanced spiritual bliss to pilgrims during the day between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, he added that this mechanism will remain in vogue only when the number of pilgrims visiting the shrine is comparatively lesser than the daily average. As and when, the pilgrim rush swells, the old cave may be closed for darshans due to management reasons, he explained.

The Shrine Board, managing the biggest pilgrimages of North India, is monitoring the pilgrim arrivals and facilities available to them on daily basis with focus on providing greater spiritual satisfaction and amenities to the visiting pilgrims.
Vaishno Devi by Helicopter

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Plan your Vaishno Devi Yatra in advance to avoid seasonal rush

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Since summers is a holiday season therefore a good option for pilgrims would be to plan for their pilgrimage well in advance in order to avoid any kind of disappointment. Seek the services of a reputed tour operator who can offer you a good package for Vaishno Devi Yatra

A devout Hindu once in his life definitely makes a visit to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine to seek her blessings. Situated in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India this holy cave can be reached after traveling a distance of thirteen km on foot or horse. On reaching the shrine one needs to go through the holy cave to witness the natural pindies which represent Goddess Kali, Lakshmi and Saraswati. The trinity represents the creation, destruction and preservation aspect of Super Power. The shrine also founds mention in ancient Vedic scriptures.

A better option for visiting the holy shrine would be to opt for services of a reliable tour operator who can offer you packages for Vaishno Devi Yatra so that you don’t have to worry regarding your arrangements for visiting the holy caves. The travel agency would take care for your transport, hotel and food arrangements so that you don’t have to bother or face any kind of difficulty.

People from all across the social strata of the country visit the shrine to seek the blessings of the goddess. Millions of pilgrims flock the shrine every year therefore one should make their arrangements in advance to avoid any kind of problems. A good option would be to visit Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine during the off season in order to avoid seasonal rush and get to see the natural caves which remain closed during the rush season. A Vaishno Devi tour package will certainly take care of your problems with respect to hotel, food and transportation. You can even opt for the helicopter services to Vaishno Devi in case you have a busy schedule or cannot afford to travel on foot or pony.

For a decent amount you can get a fabulous package including transfer in air conditioned coaches, five star accommodations and helicopter service for visiting the shrine. It would be a good idea to log on to the internet and search for various tour and travel agents offering their packages for Vaishno Devi Yatra, compare them in terms of facilities and price and then choose one which matches your needs. During winters carry heavy woolen clothing since it’s quite cold and during the summers opt for cotton clothes coupled with some light woolen clothing since the area is still cooler as compared to the plains.  With summers fast approaching it would be a good idea to plan your Vaishno Devi Yatra well in advance. Get in touch with a travel operator quickly so that you don’t miss a chance to seek the blessing if the revered goddess.

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