India, Oct. 18 -- The nine-day long Navratri festival at Vaishno Devi shrine began with Shat Chandi Maha Yagya and chanting of Vedic hymns along with other rituals organised by the Vaishno Devi shrine board amid tight security and strict Covid guidelines.

The 'Maha Yagya', being performed at the holy cave shrine nestled in Trikuta hills in Katra town of Reasi district of Jammu division for peace, prosperity and health of humanity, will conclude with Purna Ahuti on Mahanavami or the ninth day of the Navratri festival.

Ramesh Kumar, chief executive officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board; other officers of the board and a large number of pilgrims were present on the occasion. The Shat Chandi Maha Yagya will be telecast from 12.30 p.m...