The Goddess Vaishno Devi, also known as Mata Rani, Trikuta, Ambe, and Vaishnavi, resides in a holy cave located in the folds of the three-peaked mountain named Trikuta within the Indian Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Every year millions of devotees visit the Shrine from all parts of India/abroad. The number of devotees visiting the holy shrine annually exceeds one crore.
This year, after the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Vaishno Devi yatra was suspended on March 18. However, after five months, Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine was reopened for devotees last month on August 16, 2020. Now, if you are unable to visit Vaishno Devi due to the Covid-19 pandemic you can book your puja online, and local priests will offer it on you and your family’s behalf. And the best part is- you will get the ‘Pooja Prasad’ delivered to their home.
If you wish to book your puja online, you can follow the below-given steps:
Step1: Open any browser and visit Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board`s (SMVDSB) website.
Direct link: maavaishnodevi.org
Step 2: Next, request a puja.
Step 3: Three packages are available — priced at:
- Rs 500
- Rs 1,100
- Rs 2,100
Once the booking is made, the SMVDSB will ensure that the ‘pooja’ is performed within 72 hours and the ‘Prasad’ is dispatched through speed post. For queries, one can call on 9906019475 from 8 am to 8 pm.
According to the SMVDSB official website, “Poojan is performed in the name of the person(s) for/by whom Pooja has been registered even while the devotee(s) is not present in the Pooja. The Poojan Prashad is delivered through courier to the given address.”
Apart from the online puja, the management of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board is also planning to launch a mobile application for devotees to have live darshan straight from the holy shrine. The app is expected to be launched on October 17the first day of Navratri.