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A view of snow-covered Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan at Katra in Jammu.(Representational Photo/HT)
A view of snow-covered Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan at Katra in Jammu.(Representational Photo/HT)

Vaishno Devi shrine receives season’s first snowfall

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan | Hindustan Times, Jammu
PUBLISHED ON DEC 28, 2020 04:01 PM IST
While the weather remains cloudy, the pilgrimage continues, say authorities
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Kaziranga National Park was re-opened for visitors on October 21. (@CMOfficeAssam)(PTI)
Kaziranga National Park was re-opened for visitors on October 21. (@CMOfficeAssam)(PTI)

From Goa casino to elephant safari at Kaziranga: What all is opening for tourists from November 1

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 10:40 PM IST
Fifteen thousand pilgrims will be allowed per day at Vaishno Devi temple starting from November 1.
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Reasi: Decorated holy cave shrine of Goddess Vaishno Devi on the occasion of Navratri festival, at Katra(PTI)
Reasi: Decorated holy cave shrine of Goddess Vaishno Devi on the occasion of Navratri festival, at Katra(PTI)

Delhi-Katra Expressway: ‘First-of-its-kind road corridor’ to cut travel time between Delhi and Vaishno Devi

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Srivatsan K C | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 01:22 PM IST
The Delhi-Katra expressway project has commenced connecting the two places, as announced by Union Minister of State for personnel public grievances and pensions Jitendra Singh.
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Farmers protesting on tractors along railway line during the ongoing 'Rail Roko' or 'Stop the Trains' protest against the new agriculture laws in Amritsar earlier this week.(HT Photo)
Farmers protesting on tractors along railway line during the ongoing 'Rail Roko' or 'Stop the Trains' protest against the new agriculture laws in Amritsar earlier this week.(HT Photo)

Minister urges opposition to let trains carrying Vaishno Devi pilgrims pass during Navratri

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Jammu
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 08:39 AM IST
Farmers have blocked railway tracks in Punjab in protest against the farm laws recently passed by the Parliament.
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Vaishno Devi shrine is decked up for the Navratri festival.(HT Photo)
Vaishno Devi shrine is decked up for the Navratri festival.(HT Photo)

Maha Yagya at Vaishno Devi shrine as Navratri begins, Vedic hymns fill air

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Jammu
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 08:04 AM IST
Special arrangements have been made for the convenience of pilgrims during the festival at the holy Hindu shrine while following the guidelines related to social distancing and hygiene.
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Ahead of Navratri, quick response teams deployed for security of Vaishno Devi pilgrims

By Ravi Krishnan Khajuria | Hindustan Times/Jammu, Jammu
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 12:50 AM IST
Armed security personnel, policemen and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men will guard the pilgrimage at all hours
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Farmers ride tractors on railway tracks during the ongoing 'Rail Roko' agitation against the Farm bills in Punjab.(HT Photo)
Farmers ride tractors on railway tracks during the ongoing 'Rail Roko' agitation against the Farm bills in Punjab.(HT Photo)

Trains to Katra for Navratri cancelled due to farmers’ agitation in Punjab

By Ravi Krishnan Khajuria | Hindustan Times, Jammu
PUBLISHED ON OCT 15, 2020 10:59 AM IST
Vande Bharat and Shri Shakti Express, scheduled to run from Delhi on Thursday were cancelled at the last minute
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44-year-old Gorey Lal from Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh.(HT Photo)
44-year-old Gorey Lal from Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh.(HT Photo)

Arduous pilgrimage: 44-yr-old devout walks for 29 days to reach Vaishno Devi from UP

By Ravi Krishnan Khajuria | Hindustan Times, Jammu
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 11:45 AM IST
Gore Lal, of Mainpuri in UP, had embarked on the pilgrimage on August 5 and reached Katra on September 2
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(PTI File)

Now, get prashad from Vaishno Devi via speed post

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times/Jammu, Jammu
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2020 06:23 PM IST
A delivery can be booked either through the official website of the shrine board www.maavaishnodevi.org or by calling 99060-19475.
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Last week, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had paid obeisance at Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine(HT Photo)
Last week, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had paid obeisance at Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine(HT Photo)

Vaishno Devi yatra’s online registration, helicopter booking starts from today

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 26, 2020 12:27 PM IST
Pilgrimage to Mata Vaishno Devi Temple resumed on August 16, nearly 5 months after it was suspended due to coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak.
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It has also been decided that visitors heading for the shrine will have to carry Covid-19 negative report not older than 48 hours.(HT Photo)
It has also been decided that visitors heading for the shrine will have to carry Covid-19 negative report not older than 48 hours.(HT Photo)

Number of devotees from outside J-K visiting Vaishno Devi shrine to be reviewed this week

By Asian News International | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Rease
PUBLISHED ON AUG 25, 2020 07:33 AM IST
At present 2,000 devotees are allowed to visit the shrine out of which 1,900 are residents are of Jammu and Kashmir and 100 from outside the union territory.
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People on their way to the Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu observe social distancing as the temple reopened on August 16, 2020.(HT Photo)
People on their way to the Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu observe social distancing as the temple reopened on August 16, 2020.(HT Photo)

Vaishno Devi pilgrimage resumes, 2,000 people to be allowed every day

By Ravi Krishnan Khajuria | Hindustan Times, Jammu
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2020 12:47 PM IST
Pilgrims are required to install the Aarogya Setu App on their mobile phones before proceeding for the yatra. It will be mandatory for them to wear face masks.
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Mata Vaishno devi shrine attracts around a million devotees every year.(HT Photo/File)
Mata Vaishno devi shrine attracts around a million devotees every year.(HT Photo/File)

Vaishno Devi: 5000 devotees including 500 from outside J-K to be allowed daily

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 10:56 PM IST
The pilgrimage was stopped on March 18 earlier this year.
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Apart from helicopter service, the shrine board also provides battery car and ropeway services to the pilgrims.(HT Photo)
Apart from helicopter service, the shrine board also provides battery car and ropeway services to the pilgrims.(HT Photo)

All religious places in J-K including Vaishno Devi to re-open from August 16

By Ravi Krishnan Khajuria | Hindustan Times, Jammu
PUBLISHED ON AUG 04, 2020 09:18 PM IST
It may be recalled the Centre had given its nod to re-open religious places from June 8 but following a spike in Covid-19 cases and death toll the decision was put on hold.
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A worker sanitises area around Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi on Sunday.(PTI Photo)
A worker sanitises area around Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi on Sunday.(PTI Photo)

Unlock 1: Religious places open but Kashi Vishwanath, Vaishno Devi and other famous temples still closed

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2020 11:35 AM IST
Devotees showed up in a large number at various places of worship across the country which opened on Monday.
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The Union home ministry has allowed the opening of religious places from June 8, though states can take their own calls depending on the ground situation.(PTI)
The Union home ministry has allowed the opening of religious places from June 8, though states can take their own calls depending on the ground situation.(PTI)

Religious places get ready; Tirumala to open on June 11

By HT Correspondents | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2020 01:31 AM IST
While the Jammu and Kashmir administration is expected take a call on the opening of the Vaishno Devi shrine on Saturday, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said over five people will not be allowed inside a religious place at one point of time when they open on Monday.
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The express road corridor will also connect the two holy places of Mata Vaishno Devi and the Golden Temple in Amritsar.(HT Photo)
The express road corridor will also connect the two holy places of Mata Vaishno Devi and the Golden Temple in Amritsar.(HT Photo)

Drive from Delhi to Katra in just 6.5 hours by 2023 on the express corridor: Dr Jitendra Singh

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Jammu
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2020 08:33 PM IST
The land acquisition for the corridor remains to be done in Punjab and J&K.
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The pilgrimage to the cave shrine was suspended on March 18 because of the pandemic. The shrine attracts lakhs of devotees from various parts of the country and abroad throughout the year.(Nitin Kanotra/Hindustan Times)
The pilgrimage to the cave shrine was suspended on March 18 because of the pandemic. The shrine attracts lakhs of devotees from various parts of the country and abroad throughout the year.(Nitin Kanotra/Hindustan Times)

Coronavirus: Vaishno Devi shrine remained deserted this Navratri, loses offerings worth Rs 4 crore

By Ravi Krishnan Khajuria | Hindustan Times, Jammu
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2020 09:04 AM IST
This Navratri, the hustle-bustle was missing and the Katra town, two tracks and the sanctum sanctorum remained deserted.
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SUMMER SCHEDULE: Bathinda-Jammu flights continue to be suspended

By Vishal Joshi | Hindustan Times, Bathinda, Bathinda
PUBLISHED ON MAR 15, 2020 09:25 PM IST
No approval to proposal for daily flight from Bathinda to Delhi
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Mata Vaishno devi shrine has announced restrictions on visitors in view of Covid 19(HT Photo/File)
Mata Vaishno devi shrine has announced restrictions on visitors in view of Covid 19(HT Photo/File)

Covid 19 Update: Vaishno Devi shrine imposes 28-day bar on foreigners and Indian travelers from abroad

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2020 09:13 PM IST
The restrictions along with the advisory are also being disseminated through audio systems deployed throughout the track from Katra to Bhawan for creating awareness about the Coronavirus. Hoardings carrying advisories have also been installed at all prominent places for general awareness of the pilgrims visiting the shrine
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A view of the Vaishno Devi shrine in Trikuta Hills of the Jammu region that received the season’s first snowfall on Friday.(HT Photo)
A view of the Vaishno Devi shrine in Trikuta Hills of the Jammu region that received the season’s first snowfall on Friday.(HT Photo)

Snow at Vaishno Devi shrine, highway blocked due to heavy snowfall in Kashmir Valley

By HTC and IANS | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Jammu/srinagar
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2019 02:17 PM IST
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Kedarnath temple covered in a sheet of snow, Nov 27, 2019. The Uttarakhand cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to manage the Char Dham,or four holy Hindu abodes in the state.(ANI)
Kedarnath temple covered in a sheet of snow, Nov 27, 2019. The Uttarakhand cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to manage the Char Dham,or four holy Hindu abodes in the state.(ANI)

Hindu minister to be chairperson in case of Muslim CM: Char Dham proposal

By Kalyan Das | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2019 05:42 AM IST
The state government plans to enact the Chardham Shrine Management Board Act 2019 to oversee the management of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.
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Padmanabhaswamy temple, India’s richest, has an estimated annual income of Rs 1 lakh crore(AP)
Padmanabhaswamy temple, India’s richest, has an estimated annual income of Rs 1 lakh crore(AP)

Religious institutions must use resources better

By Pushpa Sundar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 01, 2019 09:01 PM IST
Charity is often directed at institutions of faith. Invest in development, and, perhaps even industries and start-ups
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Mata Vaishno Devi shrine atop Trikuta hills in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.(HT File Photo)
Mata Vaishno Devi shrine atop Trikuta hills in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.(HT File Photo)

Around 4 lakh pilgrims likely to visit Vaishno Devi during Navratras: Official

By Press Trust of India | Jammu
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2019 07:01 PM IST
The ‘golden gate’ at the entrance of the cave shrine, which is in the final stage of completion, and illuminated tracks will the new additions during this year’s Navratras which will commence on September 29 and culminate on October 7.
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The second Vande Bharat Express, which will run on the high traffic Delhi-Katra route, will begin operations before the festival season(HT File (Representative Image))
The second Vande Bharat Express, which will run on the high traffic Delhi-Katra route, will begin operations before the festival season(HT File (Representative Image))

Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express to begin operations before festival season

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2019 07:21 PM IST
The Delhi-Katra route was chosen by the Railway Board in a bid to capitalise on the high traffic volume owing to the Vaishno Devi temple pilgrimage.
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Chief executive officer of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board said normally 20,000 pilgrims visit the base camp of Katra, a town where devotees start their pilgrimage, every day in July and August.(HT photo)
Chief executive officer of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board said normally 20,000 pilgrims visit the base camp of Katra, a town where devotees start their pilgrimage, every day in July and August.(HT photo)

After marginal dip, Vaishno Devi pilgrimage footfall goes beyond average

By Ravi Krishnan Khajuria | Hindustan Times, Jammu
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2019 04:03 PM IST
Chief executive officer of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Simrandeep Singh, said normally 20,000 pilgrims visit the base camp of Katra, a town where devotees start their pilgrimage, every day in July and August.
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, along with their families, will join pilgrims heading towards Vaishno Devi, under the pilgrimage scheme sponsored by the Delhi government for senior citizens, the first trip of which will be flagged off on July 12.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, along with their families, will join pilgrims heading towards Vaishno Devi, under the pilgrimage scheme sponsored by the Delhi government for senior citizens, the first trip of which will be flagged off on July 12.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, kin to join Vaishno Devi pilgrims

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 05, 2019 04:24 AM IST
While the scheme will be officially flagged off with the departure of the first trip on July 12, Kejriwal said he and Sisodia, along with their families, will be joining the batch to Vaishno Devi on July 20.
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Quadriplegic archer Adil Ansari with wife Majida.
Quadriplegic archer Adil Ansari with wife Majida.

When archery provides another shot at life

By Ajai Masand | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2019 08:57 AM IST
Rakesh Kumar won bronze in Dubai last month, Adil Ansari missed narrowly but both have fresh targets
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Quadriplegic archer Adil Ansari with wife Majida.(Ajai Masand HT Photo)
Quadriplegic archer Adil Ansari with wife Majida.(Ajai Masand HT Photo)

When archery provides another shot at life

By Ajai Masand | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2019 03:24 PM IST
Rakesh Kumar won bronze in Dubai last month, Adil Ansari missed narrowly but both have fresh targets
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