Why Machail Mata Yatra In Jammu & Kashmir Witnessed A Record-Breaking 2 Lakh Devotees This Year?

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
 Why Machail Mata Yatra In Jammu & Kashmir Witnessed A Record-Breaking 2 Lakh Devotees This Year?

The annual Shree Machail Mata Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir began on July 25 and culminated on September 5. This pilgrimage this year witnessed a record-breaking footfall of 2 lakh devotees. People came in from different parts of the country to pay obeisance at this Himalayan temple in the Kishtwar district of J&K. But why did this temple witness such a huge crowd of devotees this year? 

Machail Mata Yatra In Jammu & Kashmir

The Machail Mata Yatra this year witnessed a huge surge in the number of devotees attending this 43-day pilgrimage. According to an official spokesperson, in 2022, this pilgrimage witnessed 58,000 devotees attending it, while in 2023, the number surged up to 1.94 lakh.

The spokesperson said that this meteoric rise can be the result of many factors, like the various facilities that were available this year. This includes boarding facilities provided by the administration, foolproof arrangements, and most importantly, the smooth execution of this pilgrimage schedule. 

The yatra’s remarkable turnover growth and its newly boosted popularity show its never-ending spiritual significance. The significance is also one of the reasons behind the increase in numbers. 

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Seamless Coordination, Arrangements And More

Talking about the reason behind this sudden influx of devotees this year, the spokesperson mentioned that the provision of accommodation for devotees at the Yatri Bhawan in Gulabgarh was very helpful. It hosted about 2,000 pilgrims simultaneously. 

The tent city that surrounded the temple as well as local homestays became important attractions this year. Kishtwar Deputy Commissioner Devansh Yadav looked after all the arrangements, which ensured smooth coordination among local, police, and civil administrations. Also, there was smooth coordination among army personnel, other departments, and Border Road Organization teams.

All these comprehensive approaches looked after the needs of the yatris of Machail mata yatra which eventually resulted in the influx this year.  (As per Hindustan Times)

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