Located at a height of 5300 feet in the holy cave of the Trikuta Hills, resides Mata Vaishno Devi, eventuated by the converging spiritual strength of Kali, Lakshmi and Sarswathi. A geological study of the cave has indicated that it is millions of years old. Mythologically referred in Mahabharatha, it is believed that before the battle of Kurukshetra, Arjun, upon advice of Sri Krishna prayed to the Goddess and requested her blessings. Adjacent to the Trikuta Mountain and overlooking the abode of the Goddess are five stone structures, which are believed to be the rock symbols of the Pandavs. History records Guru Gobind Singh as having gone for pilgrimage to the Vaishno Devi shrine.
As per the legend Kali, Lakshmi and Saraswati joined their spiritual strength to create Vaishnavi, who would merge with Vishnu at the appropriate time. This child born to Ratankar and his wife grew up with great spiritual strength. During his exile Lord Rama directed Vaishavi to set up an ashram at the base of Trikuta hills, to meditate and to strengthen her powers after which 'Vishnu' would merge her into himself. Vaishnavi immediately set off f...View more
r the northern part of the country. She reached the foot of the Trikuta Hills where she set up an ashram for meditation.Vaishno Devi Temple is part of Nava Shakthipeeth Yatra and Vaishno Devi Yatra
A pilgrim can get the first view of Bhawan of Maa Vaishno Devi around 1.5 Kms before on the way up. The landscape surrounding the temple, the scenic beauty of the valleys are stunningly beautiful. The Holy Bhawan houses the Sanctum Sanctorum where the Goddess resides in the form of holy Pindies. It is in a natural rock form which has three heads at the top, considered to be Kali, Lakshmi and Saraswathi. Though these three heads emerge fro...View more
one single rock, the Pindies are unmistakably different from one another. There are no statues or idols inside the Cave.Picture courtesy: www.maavaishnodevi.org
Jammu is well connected with the rest of the country by air and rail. From Jammu, the town of Katra can be reached by road or rail. State transport buses, luxury buses and taxis ply to and from Jammu and Katra. From Katra to Vaishno Devi temple, the 13km route can be covered by helicopter, foot, horses or palanquins.
Jammu remains the focal point for the pilgrims going to Vaishno Devi and the breathtaking Kashmir valley. Visitors to the tourist havens of Kashmir, Poonch, Doda and Laddakh start from Jammu city. Hence, throughout the year the city experiences the flow of tourists from all the parts the world.
Language Spoken:Hindi, Urdu, Kashmiri
The 'Aarti' of the Maa Vaishno Devi is performed twice a day just before the sunrise and immediately after the sunset. The priests perform aarti first in front of the deity inside the sanctum-sanctorum and then outside the cave.
Bhaints, Chunri (a red coloured drape), Sarees, Silver or Gold ornaments, Dry Fruits, Flowers are offered to Maa Vaishno Devi.
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