Three women pilgrims died of cardiac failure while returning to Katra after paying obeisance at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Trikuta Hills of Reasi district, police said here on Thursday.
"Three women pilgrims suffered heart attacks and died en route Katra," police told UNI.
Police said, one Munni Devi, 80, a resident of Model Town in Ambala city of Haryana fell unconscious outside the cave shrine on Wednesday. She was shifted to a nearby health centre but declared brought dead.
Meanwhile, Saheya Bai, 70, resident of village Gansoli, Mathroli, Mumbai, also died of cardiac arrest while she along with her family was returning to the base camp Katra.
Savita, 63, a resident of Boriwali in West Mumbai was shifted to a health centre after she fell unconscious but doctors declared her brought dead.
"The pilgrims died of heart failure and the bodies have been shifted to Katra for post mortem," police added.