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85 lakh pilgrims expected to visit Vaishno Devi shrine this year

The Vaishno Devi Shrine, located in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir is expected to receive 85 lakh pilgrims this year, which is the highest in the least five years, reported the Press Trust of India.

“We are expecting to cross 85 lakh turnout of pilgrims by December 31 midnight. We have already crossed 84.50 lakh and an estimated 50,000 pilgrims are expected to visit the shrine during the next 48 hours,” Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board Chief Executive Officer Simrandeep Singh told PTI.

He said last year’s figure of 81.78 lakh pilgrims was crossed almost 20 days ago. The pilgrim arrivals dropped from 93.24 lakh in 2013 to 78.03 lakh in 2014 and further to 77.76 lakh in 2015 and 77.23 lakh in 2016.

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