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Vaishno Devi Maa Vaishno Devi Maa Vaishno Devi Temple

Introduction

Vaishno Devi is among the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Goddess Shakti which is located in the Trikuta Hills of Jammu and Kashmir State in India. In Hindu religion Vaishno Devi, is also known as Mata Rani and Vaishnavi which is believed to be a manifestation of the Mother Goddess. The Shrine of Mother Goddess is one of the most revered and most popular religious centers in Northern India which is visited by around 8 million pilgrims every year. The shrine is situated at an altitude of 5200 feet above sea level and at a distance of approximately 12 km from Katra, a small town in Jammu and Kashmir State of India. This is the only place where these three Goddesses Maa Laxmi, Maa Kali and Maa Saraswati are enshrined in one temple in the form of natural stones or 'pindies'.


The holy cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is 30 meter long and just one and a half meter high. It is the famous pilgrimage destination where scores of devotees come to pay homage and seek holy blessings. Majority of the devotees prefer to trek up the 13 Km route to the shrine. But there are other options available as well. Tourists can hire a palki or take a pony ride. The state government also offers helicopter services from Katra and Jammu up to the shrine.


Legend of Holy Shrine

Like with the most Hindu religious Shrines it is not possible to ascertain when exactly the pilgrimage to the Holy Shrine started. But the geological study of the Holy Cave indicates that it is nearly a million years old. In the Hindu epic Mahabharat one can find the mention of this holy Shrine. According to Mahabharat legend Arjun, the chief warrior of Pandavs, upon the advice of Sri Krishna meditated upon the Mother Goddess and sought blessings for victory over Kaurvas in the battlefield of Kurukshetra. It is said that after the victory Pandavs were the first to build the temples at Kol Kandoli and Bhawan in reverence and gratitude for the Mother Goddess. While some Hindu traditions quote that this Shrine is the holiest of all Shaktipeethas because at this place the skull of Mata Sati fell.


Route to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi

The 13 km hilly track between Katra and holy shrine contains number of ancient temples and view points for pilgrim rejuvenations. The first stop is at Banganga which is located 1 km away from Katra. Here pilgrims can take a dip in Holy River and have food at the Langer (free food) run by famous T-series Industries. From this place one can also see the panoramic beauty of several mountain ranges.


The second stop Charanpadhuka is located about 2.5 km away from Banganga. It is believed that Shri Mata Vaishno Devi took rest here while moving towards the Trikuta Hills. The place contains the footprints of the Goddess, and thus the place is named Charanpadhuka Temple.


The third stop is Ardhkuwari which is also known as Garbh Joon which is located about 3 km from Charanpadhuka. It is believed that Shri Mata Vaishno Devi hid herself from the demon Bairon Nath in this cave for 9 months which makes it the most revered religious place of this region. At this place devotees can visit Adkuwari Temple and Gerbhjoon (an ancient Cave of about 20 feet).


After a steep trekking of about 4 km from Adkuwari comes the fourth and last stop Sanjichat. Sanjichat is located at the highest location of the track from where one can enjoy the aerial view of Katra, Udhampur, Reasi and Jammu.


From Sanjichat about 2.5 km downhill track lead to Bhawan the holy Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi. It the culmination of this pilgrimage where devotees get a chance to worship the Mother Goddess inside the Sanctum Sanctorum- the Holy Cave. The cave is 30 meter long and just one and a half meter high. There are no statues or idols inside the Cave and only three natural rock formations called the Pindies are worshiped which are the forms of Goddess Maa Laxmi, Maa Kali and Maa Saraswati. This cave is open round the clock throughout the year.


The 2 km track from the holy cave lead to the Bairon Nath temple which is visited by almost every devotee as the pilgrimage to Vaishno Devi is considered incomplete without a visit to this temple.


During this whole trek one can get various glimpses of nature which is abundant in flora. The religious atmosphere combined with scenic vistas make this trek enjoyable and interesting.


How to Reach

The nearest Railway Station and Airport are at Jammu which is located at a distance of 50 km from Base camp Katra. Jammu is well connected via road, rail and airways from several important cities of India. And from Jammu one can reach Katra by bus or taxi.


Important Travel Information


  • Before proceeding for the trek, obtain a Yatra slip from Yatra Registration Counter, near bus stand Katra. The slip is issued free of cost. No one is allowed to proceed beyond Banganga check post without obtaining the Yatra slip.
  • In case you wish to avail of the facility of rented accommodation at Katra, Adkuwari, Sanjichhat or Bhawan, please get the room reservation done from the Enquiry and Reservation Counter at Niharika Complex (near the Bus Stand) Katra.
  • Kindly confirm the rates of the Porters, Ponies and Palanquins before hiring them and ensure that they carry a valid registration card. Note down their numbers before entrusting them with your valuables. Please do not pay more than the approved rates.
  • Video cameras, mobile phones and other electronic equipment are not allowed on the track. Please make arrangements for their safekeeping at Katra itself.
  • Travel light. Please leave all unnecessary clothes and luggage at Katra itself. Food, drink and blankets are freely available. There is no need to carry these items along.


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