- Jammu & Kashmir
- 37 sq .km
Best Season To Visit
- March to July
- Small size car, Taxis etc.
time immemorial Vaishno Devi, has been one of the most wannabe Hindu
pilgrimages of India. Located in the folds of the mighty Tirkuta Hills, it
is approached by tourists from all the corners of the globe. It is a cave
temple that is considered to be the abode of three major goddesses mainly
Laksmi, Kali and Saraswati. Devotees cover a hard four - hour climb from
Katra to reach the land where one gets salvation and peace of a lifetime.
History of Vaishno Devi Temple
More than 700 years ago, Vaishno Devi, a devotee of Lord Vishnu, used to
pray to Lord Rama and had taken vow of celibacy. One day, Bhairon Nath, a
demon-God, saw her and gave chase. The Goddess felt thirsty at Banganga and
shot an arrow into the earth from where water gushed out. Charan Paduka,
marked by the imprints of her feet, is the place where she rested. She then
meditated in the cave at Ardhkanwari. It took Bhairon Nath nine months to
locate her. Mata Vaishno Devi then blasted an opening at the other end of
the cave. She assumed the form of Maha Kali and cut off Bhairon Nath's head,
which fell at the place where the Bhairon Temple is now located.
About Holy Shrine
The holy cave shrine of Vaishno Devi was built by the five Pandavas. The
length of the cave is about 98 ft. and one can find the symbols of a large
number of gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon here. At the mouth of the
original tunnel to the holy cave can be seen the symbols of Vakra Tunda
Ganesha, Surya Dev and Chandra Dev. There is a lamp here that is always lit.
You cannot stand upright rather one has to crawl into the cave through the
tunnel. This is the only temple in India where all three goddesses are
worshipped in the same place. Before entering the cave, pilgrims must take
bath in the water that comes out of the cave.
Climate Of The Holy Land
The climate of the pious Vaishno Devi is pleasant and cool and experiences
a subtropical climate. Summers are dry and hot while the winters are cold.
Temperatures can soar up to 45 degrees Celsius in summer and dip down to
around 4 degrees Celsius in winter.
Hotels in Vaishno Devi
Being one of the greatest pilgrimage spot, there are a number of staying
options in Jammu. The facilities in the hotels here are up to the mark,
meeting the requisites of every individual. To mention a few are:
- Hotel Country Inn & Suites
- Hotel Asia Jammu Tawi
- Hotel Jammu Ashok
- Hari Niwas Palace Hotel
- Hotel Ambica
- Hotel Samrat
- Hotel Basera
- Hotel Durga Palace
- Hotel Surya Palace
- Hotel Asia Shripati
- Hotel Asia Vaishno Devi
All the hotels in the area have their own restaurants. There are also
several dhabas and fast-food joints in and around the area which serve
vaishnavi vegetarian food. In addition, the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board
has also put up about 12 Refreshment Units along the Holy Route which sell
biscuits, tea, mineral water, cold drinks and other refreshments.
The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board outside the temple sells items like
coconuts, prasad, postcards, rings, lockets or images of the Goddess to
devotees as offerings. It also sells gold and silver coins which bear the
imprint the Holy Pindies on one side and that of Goddess Durga on the other.
The Shrine Board also has souvenir shops at Bhawan, Adhkunwari, Sanjichhat,
Katra where one can purchase at a fair price, chunris, cholas, saris, shawls
which have been offered to the Holy Goddess. These shops also sell audio
cassettes, books, CDs and other publications of the Shrine Board. Some shops
also sell dry fruits and nuts at cheap rates.
Harvest festivals in Jammu are celebrated with just as much zest and
enthusiasm and draw in more crowds to the region than usual. Every festival
becomes a proud showcase of Jammu's rich cultural heritage for the thousands
of pilgrims who come to Vaishno Devi every year. The festival of Lohri for
example, which heralds the onset of spring has the whole town pulsating to
the sound of drumbeats and boys dancing the Chajja in honour of the
occasion. There are certain melas and fairs that are the specialities of the
place and draws a number of tourists towards it.
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- Nearest Airport - Jammu ( 48 km from Katra )
- Nearest Railway Station - Jammu By Rail , Jammu is
directly connected to cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Kanyakumari. Besides it
is connected with other major cities of the country.
- Jammu is the terminus of a large number of Inter state bus