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66 Lakhs Pilgrims Visit Vaishnodevi Shrine

PTI 31 Aug 2011, 16:18:51 IST

Jammu, Aug 31: With over 65.97 lakh people visiting the Mata Vaishnodevi cave shrine this year - 8 lakh more than last year - pilgrimage to the cave shrine has surpassed all records within the first eight months this year.

“The pilgrimage turnout of past years has been surpassed.  A record number of 65.97 lakh pilgrims have visited the cave shrine in eight months this year,” a Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board (SMVSB) official said.

“During the first eight months of the year 65,97,682 pilgrims visited the cave shrine - 8,28,095 lakh more than the figure of 57,69,587 pilgrims who visited last year,” he said.

In view of the growing number of pilgrims, the Board has decided to set up a four-storey pony stand and a new locker complex. PTI