cave of Mata Vaishno Devi is located at an elevation of 1560 m above sea level
in Jammu and Kashmir. They are about 13 km from Katra, which is also used as
the base camp by pilgrims. This celebrated sanctum appeals to millions of
lovers from all over the world. Vaishno Devi is the incarnation of Goddess
Durga and is humbly known as Mata rani amongst the pilgrims. It is accepted
that amid the pooja and Aarti, Goddesses arrive at the Sacred cave to pay their
regard to Mata Rani. Aficionados accept goddess herself calls the aficionados
to reach here.
and exceedingly accepted in, thousands of Travelers visit each year to look for
favors and appear determined confidence in this sanctuary. Pilgrims trek as
much as 13 km on the mountain slopes to get to the caves. These caves are
amongst the 108 Shakti Peetha. It takes
almost 6 to 9 hours depending on the wellness, age and climate conditions.
Horses, palanquins and helicopter services are available to ease the trek up to
the caves for the pilgrims. The complete way is conventionally cleared with
parts of shops offering snacks, nourishment items and different devout
products. Throughout the journey, you can see the evident devotion of the
pilgrims yelling and chanting tunes, all in the name of Mata Rani. Normal
qualities at its summit can be delighted in all through the stay.
Trek From Katra to Vaishno Devi
caves and the shrine of Goddess Vaishnavi are open for visit throughout the
year, 24×7. The regulating authorities have also helped make darshan easier.
There is adequate lighting on the way so the devotees can travel easily. The
astonishing touched off way is unmistakable from the Katra transport stand.
Along the trekking way, there are numerous slows down advertising nourishment,
refreshments, tea, drinking water, restorative help, comfortable sitting seats,
toilets etc. At some points you may encounter mandatory police checkpoints At
Banganga check post, which is at the start of the journey, baggage check is
conducted. There are hoses available. So you can take a ride on a horse as well
if you are fatigued or not in the condition to travel all the way by yourself.
However, the horses can travel only half the distance and you will have to
cover the rest by yourself.
Vaishno Devi Helicopter Services
is the provision to travel by helicopter as well. The helicopter services in
Vaishnodevi are pretty good and are well known. Apart from the convenience they
offer, they also allow the devotees to witness some marvelous scenes among the
clouds. The services are available from Katra. The ride takes nearly 8 minutes
and drops devotees at Sanjhichatti. From there, the devotees have to walk to
the Vaishnodevi temple which is only 2.5 kms away from the helipad. The
helicopters can accommodate 5-6 people at a time. A one-way trip for one person
costs only INR 1005, while a round journey costs only INR 2050 for person.
are expected to show their identity proofs and travel documents to book a
helicopter ticket at the heli-ticket counters. You can also book tickets online
if you want to ensure you get a ticket in advance.
The Holy Cave
legends stand to be the base of the revelation of these caves. Yet, the most
popular of them all is the journey of Pandit Sridhar. It is said that Pandit Sridhar
was blessed by Mata Vaishno Devi to organise a bhandara in her name in his home
in the nearby village of Hansali. But then she disappeared which shook Sridhar
to the core. To express his sadness, he decided to fast until death, all for
the reappearance of the Goddess. His vow got Vashno Devi to visit Srihar in his
dreams and instruct him to visit the caves, as a way to find her home in the
Trikuta hills. Sridhar’s journey to the Holy Caves began right after he woke
up. After days of worked and voyaging long separations, he found the Cave.
Happy by his efforts, Goddess Vaishnavi appear before him and her true form. He
got blessings from the Goddess and soon had four children. He was also given
the custody of the cave.
at that point that Goddess Vaishnavi showed up in her genuine frame and favored
him with four children, and gave him the boon of being the official overseer of
her Sacred Cave. Even today, the generations of Pandit Shridhar take care of
the cave and keep the tradition alive.
The Religious Hotspot of India
as ‘The Wish-Fulfilling Goddess’ or ‘ Mann Mange Murad Poore Karne Wali’ in
Hindi, Vaishno Devi could be a journey hotspot located in Trikuta Slopes at
Katra, within the state of Jammu & Kashmir, India. In reality, Vaishno Devi
could be a trio of three Goddesses: Mahalaxmi, Mahasaraswati, and Mahakali, who
joined strengths to make the warrior Goddess Vaishnavi, who had killed the evil
spirit overlord Bhairon Nath, and favored her highest lover, Thronged all
through the year by devout aficionados, this journey could be a close culminate
amalgam of serenity and mysticism. Tourists are thrilled by the sight of the
dawn. The sight of the dusk looks mesmerizing from the Trikuta Slopes. During
winters, when it snows, the sight of the lit Bhawan at night looks breathtaking
and leaves tourists awestruck. Devotees visit Vaishno Devi every year to
experience the delight of savoring faith and beauty at the same time.
Restaurants and Local Food at Vaishno Devi
Vaishno features an unmistakable tint in terms of otherworldly existence,
religion, culture and conventions, it does so in cooking as well. The
reflection of this distinction is evident in the delicious Hindu cuisine served
here. The place is one of the the best places to indulge at in Jammu and
Vaishno Devi is a holy place, you will usually not find food with onion and
garlic. The food served near is light. You will find Patisa, Sund Panjeeri,
Patisa, chocolate barfi, Rajma with rice,
Kalaadi (a sort of prepared cheese), and Kulthein di Dal, Aria (a dish made of
potatoes) and Maa da Madra. You will also find conventional North Indian food
around. You may not find provision to consume liquor.
Day 1 – There is a good market in Katra. On the off
chance that you’ve got come to Katra, ideally within the afternoon, take a
break from the tiring journey. Head out to the market the evening. There is a
large range of products you can shop here. Facilities for accommodation are excellent.
You can stay in a decent hotel or rent a room in a luxury hotel near the
station. You can also book a lodging online in advance.
Day 2 – Start your journey afresh after you have
settled and taken rest. There is a regional office near the bus stand. You will
need to take the Yatra slip from there. Then head towards Darshani Darwaza.
This is where the trek to the Vaishno Devi temple begins. Starting with Ban
Ganga, on your trek to the holy temple, you will come across Charan Paduka and
then Adi/Ardh Kumari. From Ardh Kumari, some travelers return to Katra. If you
are going all the way to the temple, you should reach the Bhawan by evening.
You can now take some rest after completing the long trek or continue your
Day 3 – Now that you have had Darshan of the Holy
Trinity, you can start your journey to the base. One your way down, you will
come across the holy Bhairon Nath Mandir. This is where the beheading of the
demon overlord took place. It is said that Goddess Vaishno had said that no
darshan to the holy temple is complete without offering prayers at the Bhairon
Nath Mandir. After darshan, you can start your trek down to the base. You can
also take a helicopter ride from Sanjhhi Chhat if you are tired..