After the pandemic hit the world, all the religious places have been shut for almost five months. However, the Government of India has finally decided to open the doors of the famous religious place — Shri Vaishno Devi, keeping in mind the protocols for it.
The Government has issued several guidelines for the pilgrims who are planning to do the yatra. Only 5000 pilgrims per day will be allowed till September 30 while a maximum of 500 pilgrims per day will be permitted from outside Jammu and Kashmir. Children under the age of 10 will not be allowed to travel at present.
All the passengers will have to wear masks and a limited number of domestic devotees will be allowed to visit the shrine. Travel will be closed at night and the devotees will not be allowed to stay at the Mata Bhavan in the night. At present, the pilgrims will not be allowed to attend the ‘Aarti’ held in the morning.
The registration to visit the shrine should be made only through online mode in order to avoid any assembly of people there. For pilgrims visiting from outside Jammu and Kashmir, it is 100 percent compulsory to get an antigen test.
The sanitization and hygiene of all toilet blocks, bathing ghats, guest houses, battery cars, helicopters, and a cable car will be ensured. Also, the Government of India has mandated the downloading of the Aarogya Setu app.