News- Upholding the syncretism of India, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine has been providing sehri and iftari to around 500 Muslims quarantined at Aashirwad Bhawan in Katra with the initiation of Ramadan.
Here are five components of the story
- The shrine had transformed Aashirwad Bhawan in Katra into a quarantine centre amid the coronavirus pandemic
- Those who have been quarantined are mostly migrant labourers who have come to Jammu and Kashmir from different parts of the country in special Shramik trains and buses to Udhampur town, which is centrally located. Most of the migrant workers are fasting.
- CEO of the board Ramesh Kumar said, “In the month of Ramazan, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has been working overnight to provide sehri and iftari to our Muslim brethren in the morning and the evening.”
- The shrine board has spent around Rs 80 lakh on providing food to the needy since March 20 in various quarantine centres at Katra . A total of Rs 1.5 crore was used to provide aid for the Covid-19 related cases.
- As the most revered Hindu shrine, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi shrines (also the second richest after Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams in India), provides fine hospitality at Katra and pilgrims from across the country prefer them over hotels for their cleanliness, hygienic food, comfortable bedding and hospitable staff, a pilgrim observed.