VAISHNO DEVI YATRA RESUMES.
ABOUT 17,700 pilgrims resumed their journey to the cave shrine Mata Vaishno Devi in Trikuta Hills of Jammu & Kashmir's Reasi district on Monday morning after heavy rains had forced authorities to suspend yatra for four consecutive days.
The pilgrimage was, however, resumed only through the old route-- the Sanjichhat- Bhairon Temple track-- as the two new tracks were still closed in view landslides. The new routes will take another two days to be made available to pilgrims.
For ensure pilgrims' safety, journey was allowed only during day time and Yatra Slip issuance at Katra were stopped 2.40 pm. Total number of Yatris who embarked on the journey was 17,700.
The Yatra proceeded smoothly," Chief Executive Officer Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board Mandeep K Bhandari said. " The movement of the pilgrims is being continuously monitored," he said, adding that the track from Sanjichhat Bhawan via Bhairon Temple narrow and it involves steep climb.
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