Vaishnodevi gets season’s first snowfall

The cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi in Trikuta hills of Reasi district received the season`s first snowfall.

Last Updated: Dec 31, 2010, 14:41 PM IST

Jammu: The cave shrine of Mata
Vaishnodevi in Trikuta hills of Reasi district today received
the season`s first snowfall, even as pilgrims made a beeline
to the shrine to pay obeisance on New Year.

Trikuta hills and nearby region received eight inches
of season`s first snow, a shrine board official said.

Despite the snowfall, over 30,000 pilgrims are on
their way to cave shrine to pay their obeisance on New Year
day, they said.

Braving the chill, pilgrims were seen shouting hymns
and moving towards Bhawan from Katra, the base camp of the
shrine, they said.

Moghal road connecting Kashmir Valley`s Shopian
district with Jammu region`s Poonch district has also been
closed following heavy snowfall.

Pir Ki Gali area received maximum snowfall with six
feet of snow, defence officials said.

PTI