area32 minutes agoAuthor: Akshay Bajpai
- Visit of mother Vaishnodevi started from 6 am on Sunday morning, due to Corona, devotees arrived in very small numbers
- Every devotee's temperature checked, local people of Jammu enter temple without corona test
The journey of Maa Vaishnodevi which started five months later has changed a lot. Right now, neither the devotees are giving vaccines nor offering prasad to the devotees who are reaching the mother's court for darshan. Earlier, Prasad was available in the temple premises, which the devotees used to offer to the mother and then brought with them, but all the shops of Prasad are closed now. No goods can be entered inside the building.
Belts, mobiles, purses are also being deposited outside the building. However, earlier where devotees were removed in front of the mother in seconds, now devotees are able to stand there even for three-four minutes, because the number of passengers is very small.
Before reaching the building, every traveler has to get a temperature check here and give his information.
On Sunday morning our journey started from Tarakot route. All the media persons were taken to the court of the mother in an ambulance van. Before reaching the mother's house, the hands were sanitized and the goods were stored outside. After this, our entry was in the court of the mother. Apart from the natural cave, three other caves have been built inside, from where the mother visits. Two of these caves are closed now. Only one cave is sending devotees inside.
Devotees are going to this cave from one side and coming back from the other side. From here we also entered the holy cave of Mother. Within seconds we reached the court of mother. Panditji did not vaccinate. Aarti-prasad was also not given. However, there were only a few devotees to visit, so we were able to stand in the court of Mother for a long time. Then returned out of the return path of this cave.
Langars have also been started on the building, but here too, social distancing is being followed completely.
On the way we found many devotees, who started the journey at 6 am and reached near the building around 11 pm. The services of horse-mule and pittoo have not been started yet, so passengers have to come on foot from below. However, helicopter facilities have been started. Its one way fare (combined with Katra) is 1 thousand 45 rupees. At the same time, both sides travel for 2 thousand 90 rupees. However, even from Sanjichhat, the distance of mother's building is about 3 km, which has to be completed on foot. At the same time, battery car facility has also started from Ardhkunvari. Along with this a ropeway from here to Bhairavnath has also been started.
The policemen posted this building have kept the face covered in such a way so as to avoid the corona.
At the same time, the Shrine Board has started anchors at select places. Here, Prasad is being given following social distancing. If the yatra continues properly and there is no corona case, the Shrine Board will soon increase the number of devotees. A strict guideline has been made by the Shrine Board regarding the corona. Devotees who come from outside states will have to get the corona test done here. Even if you come with the Corona report from your area, you will still have to come here and get a rapid corona test done. Permission of the yatra will be received only after the report comes negative. It is also necessary to register online for darshan.
Due to Corona, special attention is being given to cleanliness in the temple. Sanitizers have been placed at various places.
Bhaskar reporter Akshay Bajpayee had a special conversation with Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board CEO Ramesh Kumar. Read what he said about the journey ….
Question – For the people coming from all over the country, what is necessary for them?
answer First of all, online registration has to be done for the journey. This time only two thousand people have been allowed to travel. Out of this, 1900 will be local and 100 will be from outside. Cavid test will be done for the passengers coming from outside. They will be allowed to travel only after the report comes negative. It is mandatory for everyone to wear a face mask.
Thermal scanners have been installed everywhere, everyone has to pass through it. Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed, asymptomatic passengers, people above 60 years of age, pregnant women and children will not be allowed to travel. Battery cars, helicopters and ropeways will be run with social distancing.
Question – Passengers who have the latest Kovid report, will they have to get tested here too?
answer Yes, whoever comes from outside will have to get the Kovid test done here.
Question – Most restaurants and hotels are closed in Katra, what is the arrangement of the devotees to stay and eat?
answer – Niharika Restaurant in Katra, Adhakunwari's Restaurant, Tarakot's Langar and the building's restaurant here have been opened so that the passengers do not face any problem. Apart from this, Prasad has also been arranged for the passengers.
Question – Now the limit of passengers is 2 thousand, will it be increased and if it is increased, how long and how much? Answer– Time to time will be reviewed. According to the guidelines so far, the limit till September is 5 thousand.
Question- How long will the shops that are closed on the way be opened?
answer – These shops will be opened in a planned way, so that there is no problem for the passengers coming.
Question – What is the guideline regarding helicopter and ropeway?
answer – Helicopters and ropeways will run. For this, online registration has to be done. If there are seats in the helicopter, booking can also be given in an instant.
What will be necessary for devotees coming from outside
Earlier it used to take two and a half hours to see from the sanctum sanctorum, now it is taking just five minutes
Ravindra Darshan, who was involved in the first batch, has just come to see him. He told that earlier it used to take two to two and a half hours to see Mata Rani from the sanctum sanctorum, but today appeared in just five minutes. We asked what was the wish of the mother, then she told that the vision was there, our wish was fulfilled. We keep coming here every month for darshan, but due to the lockdown, my mother could not be seen for 5 months. All we want is not to be banned like this again. Read full report ..
You can also read these ground reports from Katra about Vaishnodevi Yatra ……
1. First report from Katra / where the journey of Vaishno Devi is to begin from tomorrow, that town deserted, tea-breakfast shops also closed; Corona test cannot be admitted without Katra
2. A few hours before the start of the journey, centers have been set up for the corona test, this time neither pittu will be found nor mule, 14 km climbing mask will have to be done.