During the upcoming Navratras, pilgrims will be greeted with a “gold plated gate” at the entrance to the traditional and natural holy cave of Vaishno Devi, nestled in Trikuta hills of Reasi district’s Katra.
“It will be a permanent feature. The work on this started 3-months back and it is in the last phase of its completion now” said Simrandeep Singh, CEO of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.
“The golden entrance has a dome, three golden flags and a huge ‘golden chattar’, besides pictures of Mata Vaishno Devi, depicting her nine looks like Mahagauri, Sidhidarti, Kalratri, Chamunda etc,” the officials said. “At the right side of the entrance, a tall golden picture of Goddess Laxmi has been printed and on the left side, the ‘aarti’ (special prayer chamber) of the goddess has been placed and at the centre of the ‘dawar’ and a 25-kg bell made of silver and gold has also been hung,” he added.
Besides this, Singh shared that about 350 cameras will be installed around the shrine.
This year, Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board authorities have also decided to illuminate 13 km long serpentine track connecting Katra base camp with colourful lights during the Navratri festival to attract a rush of pilgrims.
The nine-day long Navratra festival is being organised by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board and District Administration, Reasi in collaboration with Tourism department and active participation of local community/ Tourism and Trade Industry of Katra, NGO’s.