KATRA, Mar 30: The 9-day long Shat Chandi Maha Yagya, organised by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board at the holy shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji during Chaitra Navratras, concluded today with Purna Ahuti on the auspicious occasion of Ramanavami.
Anshul Garg, Chief Executive Officer, SMVD Shrine Board; Navneet Singh, Addl CEO; Sudhir Bali, SDM Bhawan, other officers and staff of the Shrine Board, besides pilgrims participated in Purna Ahuti and other religious ceremonies performed amidst Vedic mantras on the occasion.
More than three lakh pilgrims visited the Bhawan during the nine days of Navratras. To facilitate smooth pilgrimage of Divyang pilgrims, the Shrine Board provided free pony, battery car service and assistance in darshans as per directions of Chairman, SMVDSB, Lt Governor, JK-UT.
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine wore a grandeur look during these Navratras. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji Bhawan, Atka and the area surrounding it, tracks leading to the Shrine and the buildings nearby were profusely and artistically decorated with exquisite fresh flowers of varied varieties brought from various parts of the country and abroad. Huge reception doors and pandals were installed in the Bhawan area. The entire Bhawan area was decorated with attractive and colourful lights.
Elaborate arrangements were made for the pilgrims visiting the Holy Shrine. These included ensuring round the clock water and power supply all along the tracks and in the Bhawan area, sanitation and sanitisation , medicare and availability of special “fast related” food at the catering outlets of the Shrine Board.
The Shrine Board also made arrangements for free food for the pilgrims at Tarakote Marg and Prasad Kendra at Sanjichhat. For the ease and comfort of pilgrims, facilities like the added accommodation by inauguration of Durga Bhawan, battery operated vehicles, passenger ropeway and helicopter services were also operated smoothly.
Other special features were Bhajan and Bhaint performances by the renowned artists such as Gurdas Maan, Hansraj Raghuwanshi, Maithili Thakur and Lakhwinder Wadali etc during morning and evening Atka Aarti during these Navratras.