With over 62 lakh pilgrims having paid obeisance at the cave shrine of Vaishnodevi in Trikuta hills, the Vaishnodevi Shrine Board on Thursday reopened old cave route for the convenience of the rising number of devouts.
"Over 62 lakh pilgrims have already visited the cave shrine of Vaishnovdevi shrine till now. To give best services, we have reopened old cave route to the shrine for darshans now", Additional Chief Executive Officer Puneet Kumar told PTI.
"If the trend continues as it has been during the past six months, yatra may cross an all time high record of 74 lakhs, as during each of the past six months the number of devotees has never fallen below 7 lakh per month," he said.
Elaborating on the statistics, ACEO as against 62,00,356 pilgrims visiting the Himalayan shrine from January to October this year, their number was 59,25,059 during the corresponding period last year.
In all 69,50,573 pilgrims had darshan of shrine in 2006, he said.
The yatra influx during the past six months has continuously remained over seven lakh though it crossed 9.57 lakhs in June, the peak months as for as pilgrimage is concerned, he said.
In May, 7,99,079 devotees visited the shrine against 7,15,259 in July, 703840 in August, 730920 in August, and 7,56,395 in September, he said.