Mata Vaishno Devi Pilgrim Accidents On Rise

By Reema, Gaea News Network
Friday, October 8, 2010

KATRA, ( In the most religious season of the year, when many people travel to Mata Vaishno Devi for pilgrimage, accidents seem to be on a rise. This season has witnessed more than three pilgrim accidents in one week and strangely, all three of them died due to Cardiac attack.

Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrim, Rajinder Joshi was returning back after paying homage to the Goddess. On his way back, he had an unfortunate cardiac arrest at Adh Kuwari on Thursday. Rajinder Joshi was immediately sent to the nearby Katra Hospital owned by the government. The doctors declared that he was brought dead. Rajinder Joshi was a 38 year old Mumbai resident. His body was immediately surrendered to his family members after the Post-Mortem.

Thursday night witnessed the demise of yet another pilgrim of Mata Vaishno Devi. Rama Jha, a 58 year old pilgrim from Bihar, had to leave her breathe due to cardiac arrest, while she was offering prayer at the Ban Ganga enroute cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi last night.

A few days ago, on October 3, a women from Delhi, died due to cardiac arrest on her way to Mata Vaishno Devi. 45-year old Basanti, was proceeding towards the temple when the mishap took place. At that time, she was in Charan Padika, which is about 55 km away from the temple. She was immediately rushed to the local hospital, where she was declared brought dead. Her body was handed to her family members after the post-mortem.

Mata Vaishno Devi, is the second most visited pilgrimage spot in India. It invites about 8 million pilgrims every year. However, it is the most treacherous and hazardous places to visit, with very few civic facilities. Therefore, the journey often ends up demanding the pilgrim’s life.

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