Over 2 lakh pilgrims visit Vaishnodevi

Jammu: The cave shrine of Mata Vasihnodevi in Trikuta hills of Jammu and Kashmir Katra draws has drawn over two lakh pilgrims during the Navratras festival which draws to a close tomorrow.

During the festival, devotees witnessed cultural processions of troupes and tableaux exhibiting the culture and tradition of Jammu. An all India devotional song competition carrying a prize of Rs one lakh is also held besides cultural programmes, religious discourses, international wrestling competition, environmental awareness rally, heritage walk and `Aarti` at Katra, Reasi, Jammu and Akhnoor areas of the division.

At Jammu`s famous Maa Kali temple, popularly known as Baway Wali Mata, located in old Bahu-fort of Dogra kings, over 2.5 lakh pilgrims thronged during the period of the festival.