Jammu & Kashmir

Massive fire at Vaishno Devi Bhawan in Katra, cash counting center damaged

Fire under control, no loss of life, employees rescued on time: CEO Shrine Board

Jammu: A massive fire broke out at the Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday afternoon in the cash-counting and other areas.

According to reports, the smoke appeared atop Trikuta hills, where the ancient temple is situated.

Reports quoting officials said that three employees of the Mata Vaishno Devi were trapped in the fire but were timely rescued by the forces personnel and fire tenders.

“The fire is under control and no person was injured,” said Ramesh Kumar Jangid, Chief Executive Officer, Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Katra, adding the cause of the blaze is yet to be ascertained.

Visuals show that the fire had broken out at the center of the Vaishno Devi temple complex, which is located atop the huge mountain at Katra in Jammu.

Lakhs of pilgrims undertake the 14-km trek that involves a criss-cross path across the mountain-face. Pilgrims walk up, or take palkhis (palanquins), horses, or even helicopters to reach the top.

But due to COVID restrictions, only 25000 pilgrims are being allowed at Vaishno Devi per day.

The Vaishno Devi complex comprises a number of connected buildings very high up where there are numerous kitchens and sleeping halls, meant for the pilgrims who often stay overnight.


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