Vaishnodevi hills experience snowfall, old cave-route reopened

Trikuta hills, which houses the cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi in J&K`s Reasi district, has received fresh snowfall.

Last Updated: Jan 15, 2011, 16:34 PM IST

Jammu: Trikuta hills, which houses the
cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi in Jammu and Kashmir`s Reasi
district, has received fresh snowfall.

There was fresh snowfall in Trikuta hills - abode of
the Shrine, during the night following which cold conditions
aggravated further, Shrine Board Officials said on Saturday.

A thick blanket of snow has come up around the Shrine,
they said, adding that due to the cold conditions pilgrim
inflow to the Shrine has dipped to less than 10,000 per day.

Keeping in view the fall in the number of pilgrims
visiting the Shrine, Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Devi Shrine Board
(SMVSB) has thrown open the ancient cave route for darshan of
three idols of Mata Vaishnodevi.

"The old cave route will remain open till the flow of
the pilgrims remains low. When there would be more pilgrims
visiting the Shrine, we will shift to the main route," a
senior official of SMVSB said.

Other areas which experienced snowfall are health
resort Patnitop in Ramban district and Nathatop.

PTI