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Located in Trikuta hills, 13 km from Katra (in Jammu and Kashmir) at the height of 1560 m above sea level this town is the holy cave temple of Mata Vaishnodevi. This famous shrine allures millions of devotees from all over the world. Popularly known as Mata Rani, Vaishno Goddess is a manifestation of the Hindu Goddess Durga. It is believed that during the pooja and Aarti, Goddesses arrive at the Holy cave to pay their respect to Mata Rani. Devotees believe goddess herself calls the devotees to reach here.
Revered and highly believed in, thousands of Pilgrims visit each year to seek blessings and show unflinching faith in this temple. Vaishno Devi is a religious trekking destination where pilgrims walk about 13 km uphill to reach the little caves which are among one of the 108 Shakti Peetha. It takes about 6 to 9 hours depending on the fitness, age and weather conditions. Ponies and palanquins, as well as helicopter services, are available by various vendors to take you there at the top. The whole way is decently paved with lots of shops selling snacks, food items and various religious goods. The pilgrims show their dedication and enthusiasm by shouting slogans and singing songs in the praise of Maa Vaishnavi all along the road. Natural splendours at its acme can be enjoyed throughout the sojourn.
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Bahut hi shandaar jagah hai aur yaha aa ke kaafi aatmik shanti milti hai mataji ke darshan se saare dukh dur ho jate hsi
YEHA AANE WALO KO MANIKAMNA CERTAINLY PURI HITI HAI ! JAI VaishnoDevi Mata !!! jab dil kare aa jaye bahut sunder anubhuti milegi jaisa aap aajtak scochtebhi nahi ho! www.silcarb.com
It is advisable to avoid monsoons. The rush is relatively less during the monsoons but heavy downpour makes it a bit difficult to walk to the Bhavan.
- Do not forget to get Yatra ParchiÃ¥ÃŠon whose absence, you will have to return from Ban Ganga. Visitors keep shouting the slogans in praise of Maa Vaishno Devi to keep everyone motivated. You might join the wagon and you might find it really interesting and motivating.
Vaishno Devi caters to both your religious as well as adventurous spirit as it combines a temple, one of the most popular Hindu temples at that, with trekking. The temple in itself is beautiful but if you are not one for religious outings, you should still go there for the trek it offers. The entire path is lined with shops and stalls so you will not find yourself running out of sustenance. Even if you cannot trek and you find it difficult to walk on the path, the temple is accessible through horses and palanquins, which means that everybody can go to the top. It, however, is extremely crowded. But that doesn't mean it has to be all negative as the crowd means that there are more people who share your faith. You will feel a sense of community that is unmatched.
Home to a spiritual culture. Revered site for Hindus. Well connected to the rest of India. A nice ambiance on the hills. Lovely in summers.
Congested in peak seasons. Not ideal in winters, unless you are a snow enthusiast. Trek is not very simple for people of all ages.
Vaishno Devi is typically frequented by Hindus and Sikhs from North India. Vaishno Devi also sees a lot of religious devotees from other parts of the country.