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JAMMU: The Yatra of Mata Vaishno Devi suffered greatly during corona times due to which traders had to face recession for entire year. The track remained secluded for four months as devotees were not allowed to visit Bhawan during lockdown. Now, more than 20,000 devotees are allowed everyday to pay obeisance. In 2020, the number of pilgrims in entire year was reduced to only 17 lakh and 20 thousand.Shrine Board was formed in year 1986 and since then this is the first time that the number of devotees visiting Bhawan has been so low. In year 1987, the devotees had crossed figure of 18,500. Entire country was under lockdown from March 2020 to stop corona after which devotees were not allowed to visit the Shrine. The Yatra was opened for devotees in a sequential manner and now after about a year, again, the devotees can be seen thronging the Shrine.Last year, in month of January, five lakh 12 thousand devotees came to Shrine. Three lakh, 96 thousand visited in February 2020, three lakh 43 thousand had come before lockdown was imposed in March. After that, Yatra was stopped. In April, May, June and July no devotee was allowed to go towards Shrine. The Yatra started in August, but still devotees turned in less number. Twenty seven thousand devotees visited in September 2020, about one lakh came in October 2020 and more than one lakh visited shrine in November 2020. About two lakh devotees visited the shrine in December 2020.
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