Katra, Sep 29 : The nine-day long festival of Navratra, which marks the worship of Goddess Durga, began with religious fervour and gaiety on Sunday as a large number of devotees thronged the cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in Jammu and Kashmir on the first day of Navratri.
In view of the Navratri festival, security has been tightened in and around the Mata Vaishno Devi temple and its base camp in Katra.
On the first day of Navaratri, Devi Durga is worshipped as ‘Shailaputri’and thousands of devotees thronged temples across the country since morning to offer their prayers to the Goddess.
Tight security arrangements have been made and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has increased vigilance at Katra as well as the track that leads to the shrine.
The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board and the J&K Tourism Board has also made several arrangements to make sure that the festivities leave a lasting impression on the devotees.