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Forces deployed along Vaishno Devi route

Tribune News Service

JAMMU, Sept 25 Elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure safe pilgrimage to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine during Navratras, commencing from September 28.

The Shrine Board authorities and the police expect at least five lakh pilgrims during Navratras.

Many groups of yatris have reached the base camp to meet Dr Anand Swami, an eminent yogi and vaid. Dr Swami reached Katra on Sunday. He left for Charan Padukan to perform a four-day yajna.

Most pilgrims consult Dr Anand Swami for their chronic ailments, including bronchitis, asthma, hypertension, arthritis.

Dr Swami, who performed Maha Chandi Yajna six months ago at Charan Padukan, has decided to set up a herbal institute there. During his 10-day stay at Charan Padukan he will treat ailing people.


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Additional companies of the BSF and police have been deployed on either side of the 13-km trek to the holy shrine from the Katra base camp. In addition this, commandos also, have been deployed.

The Shrine Board authorities have carried out repairs of several yatri bhavans and the route to the cave. Several persons, including Dr Swami, have set up langars for pilgrims.Top

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