Heavy snowfall fails to deter Vaishnodevi pilgrims
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Last Updated: Monday, January 16, 2012, 18:57
  
Jammu: The Vaishnodevi pilgrimage is going on despite snowfall continuing in and around the cave shrine in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district, officials said.

"Snowfall is continuing in and around the Mata Vaishnodevi shrine. There is already four to five inches of snowfall triggering extreme cold conditions," they said.

The shrine and its adjoining area at Trikuta hills received the season's first snowfall on January 6.

Despite the cold condition, the pilgrimage is going on smoothly and over 5,000 pilgrims are undertaking yatra to the shrine, they said.

Helicopter services for the pilgrims have been suspended in view of the snowfall, they said.

There has been continuous snowfall in Bhaderwah, Batote, Kishtwar, Patnitop, Banihal, Pir Panchal ranges in Poonch and Rajouri districts, besides Bani, Mahore areas in Kathua and Reasi districts since yesterday.

PTI


First Published: Monday, January 16, 2012, 18:57


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