Only 49,907 devotees were finally allowed to begin their pilgrimage, according to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.
This year, as per official records, 80 lakh devotees have visited the holy shrine, which is three lakh higher than previous two years.
In 2016, the number was 77,23,721 and in 2015, it was 77,76,604.
The numbers spilled over the limit as many devotees wished to ring in the new year by paying their obeisance at the Vaishno Devi shrine. (ANI)