Prime minister Manmohan Singh released commemorative coins to mark the silver jubilee of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.
This ceremony was held on Thursday evening at his residence. Prime Minister said: "Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine is one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in the country. Millions of people in and outside our country derive solace and strength from this Holy place. I am sure that the two billion coins bearing an inscription of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi which will come into circulation following today's release function will be a source of happiness to these devotees".
Prime Minister, while expressing satisfaction over major works undertaken by the board, expressed happiness that as part of its social responsibilities the board is also extending significant support to the weaker sections of the society in the villages around the shrine.
This includes market support for women's self help groups, construction and repair of school buildings and financial assistance and support to socio-cultural organizations.
Besides the commemorative coins, two billion circulation coins, bearing inscription of the Goddess, are also being made available to the public.