How and Where to Donate at Vaishno Devi?

Most of the people going for Vaishno Devi Yatra, are confused about ‘where to donate’? The answer to this question is at ‘Central Shrine Board’. Now the next question is what is this central shrine board? So let’s talk about it in detail.

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Shrine Board:

The Central Shrine Board is used for accepting and maintaining the donations made by pilgrims. This central board is responsible for carrying out many development programs. Due to presence of such a vice community, it becomes easier to maintain the whole record of donations done by devotees, and also to use it for the development work of temple and its surrounding. In J & K there are total four Shrine counters, one is at Bhawan, another one at Sanjichatt, next at Adhkuwari, and last one is at Niharika Complex, Katra.

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The money kept at such a shrine boars are exempted from income tax, so there is no any limit for the maximum amount of money to donate. In today’s fast growing world, most of the people did at least one mistake, and in the return of these mistakes they prefer to donate something at any of the famous religious places. The trend of such donations is more popular in India, due to which there is continuous increment in the donated properties of temples. There are multiple temples in India, whose yearly turnover is more than 10 crores, some of them are Golden Temple at Amritsar, Vaishno Devi Temple at Kashmir, Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Isckon Temple, Balaji Temple at Hyderabad and so on.

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At these shrine boards, it is not compulsory to make donations only in the form of cash, but cheques and demand drafts are also accepted here. Here the cheques and demand drafts should be payable to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Katra or Jammu. To send these cheques and demand drafts by post, the address of this shrine board is provided below:

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Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board

Central Office, SMVDSB,

Katra – 182 302

Phone – 01991 – 32025

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Due to such a huge rush of devotees in India, there is great demand for such Shrine Boards to maintain the donations. As Vaishno Devi is one of the most famous temples in India, here is also Shrine Boards are more famous, that’s why most of the tourists prefer to stay at ‘Hotels near Shrine Board’.

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Needs and Rules of Registration at Yatra Slip Counter

Katra is a city where most of the devotees come for taking darshan of ‘Mata Vaishnao Devi’. The most important activity to be done by the devotees after reaching at Katra is getting registered for the Vaishnao Devi Yatra, which is carried out at the Yatri Registration counter (YRC) near the Bus Stand, Katra. This registration can also be done online.

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The registration is done by Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, which is the only legal and statutory authority for this task. No other private or public organization is authorized to issue the Yatra slip. The process of registration is completely free and is fully based on computerized system. Yatra Registration Counter, known as (YRC) where this registration process is carried out is situated at Bus stand, Katra. Under this process, a visitor has to register his name along with the number of companions, and then a computerized Slip known as Yatra slip/Parchi is issued to him. This Yatra slip is a documentary permission for them to proceed in his journey up to the main Shrine. He needs to cross the first Check Post of Banganga, within 6 hours of the issue of Yatra slip, which is just 1.5 kilometers away from the YRC. If he fails to do this, his slip will be confiscated at the Check Post and he needs to take a fresh slip altogether.

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The entire process of Yatra Registration is fully computerized, which makes it more convenient, smooth and efficient. Yatries who proceed to Vaishnao devi darshan without this slip, shall be turned back from Banganga check post and not allowed to proceed further. In some extreme conditions, if yatri is found at Bhawan/en-route without yatra slip, then he/she will not only be turned back but a disciplinary action will also be taken against him/her.

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It is important to note that, one Yatra Slip is issued for maximum of 9 members of one family or group. For more members, visitors need to take more than one slip. In case if yatries are in large groups, a separate yatra Slip should be issued for each family.

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Due to all such importance of this YRC, most of the visitors prefer to stay at comfortable ‘Hotels near Yatra Slip Counter’.

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