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J&K Lt Governor Manoj Sinha at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan at Katra.

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Illuminated view of Vaishno Devi Bhawan during the ongoing Navratri festival, at Katra in Reasi district.

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Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha pays obeisance at the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi at Bhawan, in Katra.

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J & K Lt. Governor Girish Chandra Murmu interacts with priests after paying obeisance at the holy cave shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi at Bhawan near Katra.

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Devotees offer prayers at the holy cave shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi on the occasion of 'Mahanavami', the ninth day of Navaratri festival, in Katra.

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An illuminated view of the bhawan at Vaishno Devi Ji temple on the eve of commencement of Navratras, in Katra.

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Devotees ride on mules to pass across a landslide affected zone near Vaishno Devi Temple, in Katra.

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An aerial shot showing the extent of forest fire, in Katra. Pilgrimage to Vaishno Devi shrine was halted temporarily due to the forest fires en-route.

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Artist Bhushan Sharma gets his make-up done for the role of Ravana, before his performance in 'Ram Leela' at Katra, about 40 km from Jammu.

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A view of fresh snowfall at Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine, in Katra.

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A view of fresh snowfall at Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine in Katra.

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Katra Navaratri
The annual Navratra festival begins at the base camp of Mata Vaishno devi temple. Massive surge of devotees is seen at this festival. The temple and the entire path to the temple is illuminated. Little girls are dressed up as goddesses for the festival.

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Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah takes part in a Chari Yatra from Jammu to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi shrine on the occasion of Navratri festival, in Jammu.

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Artists attired in traditional dresses perform during the Navratri festival celebrations, at Katra.

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A paramilitary soldier stands guard as devotees walk towards Vaishno Devi on the ocassion of Navratri festival, at Katra.

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The main entrance to the Vaishno Devi Mandir was opened to public by the Shrine Board after the flash floods had blocked the passage to the mandir in Katra, Jammu

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