Jammu: With over 65.97 lakh people visiting the Mata Vaishnodevi cave shrine this year - 8 lakh more than last year - pilgrimage to the cave shrine has surpassed all records within the first eight months this year.
   
"The pilgrimage turnout of past years has been surpassed.  A record number of 65.97 lakh pilgrims have visited the cave shrine in eight months this year," a Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board (SMVSB) official said.
   
"During the first eight months of the year 65, 97,682 pilgrims visited the cave shrine - 8, 28,095 lakh more than the figure of 57, 69,587 pilgrims who visited last year," he said.
   
In view of the growing number of pilgrims, the Board has decided to set up a four-storey pony stand and a new locker complex.

(Agencies)