Vaishno Devi Temple Yatra

The call of the divine

Inside the holy caves along the folds of the Trikuta mountains, a rock form with three heads embodies the divinity of Vaishnavi, the powerfulness that emanated from the unified spiritual strength of Tridevi. The journey is tough and hard; the climb of 13kms through the Himalayan hills, daunting. But the unflinching belief of her devotees has turned the journey to this shrine into one of the most visited pilgrimages of the country. The yatra starts with the call of the Mata. She herself invites her devotees to come to her; without her call, no one can have her darshan. The course then takes the form of the spiritual journey of one's faith and ends with the enriching experience of having received her blessings.

Legend

While escaping the clutches of Bhairon during the Bhandaara(community meal) organised by Pandit Sridhar, Mata Vaishnavi ran to Trikuta mountain where she later killed Bhairon. Answering Sridhar's fervent prayers, Vaishnavi appeared in his dream and gave him the vision of the holy cave where she resided. Sridhar reached the cave where he found a rock form with three heads. Vaishnavi appeared before her devotee, blessed him and asked him to spread the glory of the shrine far and away. Since then, devotees regularly flock to seek blessings of Mata Vaishno Devi.

Deity - Temples

Deity :- Goddess Durga

Temple Covered :-

Vaishno Devi Temple

Purpose

Vaishno devi is said to be a powerful deity that fulfils the wishes of her devotees. She is said to cure diseases, bless childless couples and bestow prosperity. The breathtaking scenery around the trek and the temple, is an experience to cherish.

Who can go?

Any one with faith can do the yatra. However, owing to the 13km climb to reach the temple, those with medical conditions are advised to seek clearance from doctors before the trip.

Yatra Preparations

The yatra requires a 13km climb to reach the Vaishno devi temple. Those with medical conditions are require to get clearance from doctors. The devotees should get a yatra slip from the Yatra registration counter near the Katra bust stand, without which they will not be allowed to continue. It is advisable to book accommodation at the temple in advance.

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Area Covered

Vaishno Devi temple, Charan Paduka, Adkuwari, Bhairon temple

Auspicious Days

Navratri, the festival month of Chaitra (Mar/April) see special celebration and festivities in the temple.

Any contact numbers?

Office of manager, Bhawan: 01991-282223

Best time to Travel

The shrine is opened through out the year. The peak seasons are May-July, Navratri and New Year vacations. If physically fit, monsoon and winter are the best time to visit for the scenic beauty along with darshan.

Duration

The yatra takes around 2-3 days from Jammu. There are various packages that cover the nearby temples which would effect around 5-7 days duration.

Travel Method

Katra can be reached from Jammu by road or rail. The 13 km trek from Katra to the temple can be done on foot, horses, palanquins or helicopter.

Crowd Expected

The shrine records around a crore of devotees in a year. During Navratri, new year holidays and in the summer months, there is a heavy rush and devotees have to wait 12-20 hours for darshan

Festivals

Navratri, the festival month of Chaitra (Mar/April) see special celebrations and festivities in the temple

Must Haves

The devotees are advised to wear light cotton clothing if travelling in summers. During winter, heavy woollen wear will be required. Comfortable canvas shoes or footwear are essential. It is important to carry essential medicines, torches, walking stick etc. The climb is long and hard, so travel as light as possible. Unnecessary clothing, heavy luggage should be left at Katra.  Devotees can avail food, blankets, drinks at the stalls to avoid carrying it.

Health Awarness

Those with serious medical problems, cardiac diseases, high blood pressure or asthma are advised against using stairs. They can avail ponies or palanquins.

Additional Info

Video cameras and other electronic equipment are not allowed on the track. Avoid routes closed for repair. Non-vegetarian food and alcohol are strictly prohibited. Chanting mantras and hymns aloud inside the cave are not allowed.

Climate

The temple lies in the Himalayan hills and witness cold winter with sub zero temperatures. Snowfall can be expected in the months of Dec-Feb. Summers are pleasant with the average temperature in the twenties.

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