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Vaishno Devi

Vaishno Devi is the place where people change their fortunes by worshiping the Goddess. This sacred cave situated on top of Trikuta Hill, in Jammu is surrounded by the most picturesque sceneries. A trip to the cave of Mata Vaishno Devi is a blessing for your eyes and your soul.

Vaishno Devi is one of the holiest Hindu Pilgrimage site which is dedicated to Goddess Shakti. The temple is located around 12 km away from Katra in the Udhampur district. The temple is situated at an altitude of 1615 m on the Trikuta Hills of Shivalik Range. Pilgrims, especially Hindus from all over the world visit Vaishno Devi making it the second most visited shrine in India after Tirupati Balaji Mandir. There are three rock cut statues in the 100 feet long cave. The middle one represents Goddess Lakshmi, right statue represents Goddess Kali and left one represents Goddess Saraswati. All kind of people, whether they are rich or poor, young or old, sick or healthy take the challenging trek from Katra to get to this holy place. Just join any group that is climbing to the cave and feel the devotion run down your body with every breath you take. The groups sing religious songs praising the goddess non stop till they reach the top. It is just an amazing experience to see so many people devoted to their devotion to the Goddess. For nature lovers it is an excursion amidst breathtaking scenic beauty. The shrine can be visited throughout the year, but during the winter season the route is often blocked by snowfall.

According to Hindu epic, Maa Vaishno Devi took birth in the South of India in the home of Ratnakar Sagar, Her worldly parents had remained childless for a long time. Ratnakar had promised, the night before the birth of the Divine child, that he would not come in the way of whatever his child desired. Ma Vaishno Devi was called Trikuta as a child. Later She was called Vaishnavi because of Her taking birth from Lord Vishnu's lineage. When Trikuta was 9 years old, She sought her fathers permission for doing penance on the seashore. Trikuta prayed to Lord Vishnu in the form of Rama. During Shree Ramas search for Sita, He reached the seashore along with His army. His eyes fell on this Divine Girl in deep meditation. Trikuta told Shree Rama that She had accepted Him as Her husband. Shree Rama told Her that during this Incarnation He had vowed to be faithful to only Sita. However the Lord assured Her that in Kaliyuga He would manifest as Kalki and would marry Her.In the meantime Shree Rama asked Trikuta to meditate in the cave found in the Trikuta Range of Manik Mountains, situated in Northern India. Ma decided to observe the Navratra for the Victory of Shree Rama against Ravan. Hence one reads the Ramayana during the 9 days of Navratra, in remembrance of the above connection. Shree Rama promised that the whole world would sing Ma Vaishno Devis praise. Trikuta was to become famous as Vaishno Devi and would become immortal forever.

Best time to Visit:

Throughout the year except during winter Yatra Season: March-April and September-October.

Places of Interest:

Bhumika Temple, Darshani Darwaza, Ban Ganga Temple, Charan Paduka, Adhkunwari Temple, Kalika Temple, Ram Mandir, Shiva Goompha.


By Air: The nearest airport is in Jammu, which is 48 kms from Katra. There is a helicopter service that departs from the airport at Sanjhi Chat in Jammu in the morning.

By Rail: The nearest train station for pilgrims is Jammu.

By Road: By road Rishikesh to Haridwar: 24 kms, Dehradun: 47 kms, Mussoorie: 77 kms, Badrinath: 301 kms (Son Prayag), Kedarnath: 228 kms, Gangotri: 258 kms, Yamunotri: 288 kms (Hanuman Chatti), Srinagar: 105 kms, Joshimath: 252 kms.

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