Due to Coronavirus, all the places were under lockdown. But now, the Vaishno Devi Yatra is all set to resume after five months on the scheduled date, August 16. It is going, to begin with, all strict rules and safety measures.
According to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB), preparations are already started for the reopening of the yatra. Also, the temple premises are being sanitized regularly, and all the guidelines are being followed to welcome pilgrims again, they added.
Recently, the Jammu and Kashmir administration also announced SOPs and rules for religious shrines. It also included the guidelines for the pilgrimage to the Vaishno Devi Shrine which is located on Trikuta hills in Katra.
Apart from this, only a limited number of devotees/outsiders will enter from outside Jammu and Kashmir. According to the order, since Vaishno Devi shrine attracts a lot of visitors, additional precautions will take place to ensure their safety.
Guidelines for Vaishno Devi Yatra:
- Masks are mandatory during the yatra.
- A maximum of 5000 pilgrims will go every day for the yatra, till September 30. Regarding those coming from other states, a maximum of 500 pilgrims will be allowed daily.
- The pilgrims will be required to do registration in advance via online mode to avoid gatherings at registration counters in Katra, which is the base camp for the yatra.
- All visitors coming from other states have to undergo a compulsory COVID-19 antigen test.
- Only those will proceed with negative tests. Further, those coming from red zone districts of Jammu and Kashmir will also have to undergo the same test.
- Not more than 600 people, including pilgrims, security and staff personnel, will be allowed in the Bhawan complex
- Proper social distancing will be there, whereas gatherings will not be allowed inside the shrine.
Also, there is advisory for Pregnant women, people above 60 years of age, those with multiple illnesses, and children below the age of 10 not to visit any religious place in Jammu and Kashmir.