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Jammu: 'Palki', 'pitthu' and pony servicemen wait to undergo COVID-19 tests, as authorities have allowed them to resume their services for Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrims, (PTI)
Jammu: 'Palki', 'pitthu' and pony servicemen wait to undergo COVID-19 tests, as authorities have allowed them to resume their services for Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrims, (PTI)

Vaishno Devi temple: Helicopter services to Covid tests, all details explained

  • The per-day pilgrims limit has been increased from five thousand to seven thousand
  • Rapid Antigen Testing is being conducted for pilgrims, and masks are also mandatory as per the COVID-19 protocols

Following coronavirus protocols, special arrangements have been made for the Navratri festival at Mata Vaishno Devi temple, which will start on Saturday. "Pony, Pithu, and Palki services have resumed. Helicopter and battery car services are operational too. Devotees coming from outside Jammu and Kashmir need a valid COVID-19 negative test report to enter the temple. We have a COVID-19 testing facility here too," Ramesh Kumar, CEO Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Jammu told ANI.

Per-day pilgrims limit increased

According to the shrine board, the per-day pilgrims limit has been increased from five thousand to seven thousand and the 'Mata Vaishno Devi' app has also been launched for devotees to experience live darshan from the comfort of their homes.

Rapid Antigen Testing

Rapid Antigen Testing is being conducted for pilgrims, and masks are also mandatory as per the COVID-19 protocols.

"The sanitization and testing facility at the temple is excellent. The shrine looks beautiful and we're so happy to be present at Mata Vaishno Devi temple during Navratri festival," Shivani Rajput, a pilgrim, said.

Renowned bhajan singers during Navratras

Mata Vaishno Devi has been decorated with flowers and renowned bhajan singers will perform at the Vaishno Devi Darbar on the nine days of Navratras.

Home delivery of prasad

The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, along with the Postal Department, has also started home delivery of prasad for devotees. The devotees who are unable to visit the shrine located between three peaked mountains, popularly known as 'Trikuta', can now get the ‘Pooja Prasad’ delivered to their home.

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