VAISHNO DEVI YATRA
Location : 16 km north of Jammu and 13 km of Katra
Mythology : Incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi, Kali and Saraswati
Purpose : To fulfill All Your Wishes By Visiting The Cave of Mata
Prime Attractions : The Bhairav Nath Cave and Other Caves Of Religious Importance
|Best Time :||March and April or September and October.|
|Main Puja:||Offering of Milk and Puja, Meri|
|Attractions :||The Various Shrines and Caves That You Overhaul On Your Way.|
|Must Enjoy :||Trekking On The Steep Routes of Sanjichat.|
|Shop For :||Walnuts, Jute Bags, Sarees, Shawls, Gold and Silver Coins.|
|Shop From :||Bhawan, Sanjichhat, Adhkuwari, Katra bus stand and at Vaishnavi Dham (Jammu).|
|Must Try :||The Ride To The Shrine on a Pony or on a Palanquin.|
|Pilgrim Tour :||Jammu - Katra - Vaishno Devi - Katra - Jammu (3 Days).|
|Don't Miss :||Camping In The Dense Forest Near The Bhairav Nath Temple.|
|Where to Stay :||Hotel Asia Jammu Tawai, Hotel jammu Ashok, Hari Niwas Palace Hotel, Hotel Ambica, HOtel Samrat.|
|Inside Tip :||If You Are Suffering From Any Heart Ailment Or Blood Pressure Disorder, Then Take Prior Permission of The Doctor.|
Besides the holy shrine of Amarnath, Kashmir also homes
one of the most religious and holy pilgrimage of Hindus, Maa Vaishnodevi's
Vaishnavi, born to a Ratnakar, was the incarnation of
Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Kali and Goddess Saraswati, with the purpose of
the destruction of Demon Mahishasura. At a very tender age, she acquired
great knowledge and became the devotee of Lord Vishnu. When she went to
jungle for meditation, a man named Bhairavnath, enchanted by her beauty,
started pestering her to marry him. She fled from the jungle to shun him.
After being elusive for nine months she confronted him outside a cave and
decapitated him. After being beheaded he sought for forgiveness and
Vaishnodevi forgave him. Since then this is regarded as the temple of
Bhairavnath. The credit of the unveiling of the cave goes to a Brahmin,
Pandit Sridhar, who lived in Hansali village at the foothills of the
Trikuta Mountains. Faced by circumstances he went to find Vaishnavi in the
mountains, but instead found that Vaishnavi was transmuted into a eight
armed beauty sitting on a lion, with a leg on each side. She imparted to
him that she was an embodiment of Goddess Lakshmi, Kali and Saraswati.
Since then this cave came to be regarded as the holy cave.
16 km north of Jammu and 13 km of Katra, in the mountains
of Trikuta Hills, resides the Goddess. Located at an altitude of 1,700 mt,
the cave is 30 mt long and 1.5 mt high. The best time to visit this shrine
in in March and April or September and October, as it is very cold for the
rest of the year. It is a four hour long walk to the cave and thousands of
people came to visit this holy sanctum every year.
The route from Katra to the Bhawan (the abode) is 13 kms.
The first stop is Banganga, which is around 1 km. from the point of
commencement. Here people take the holy bath and free food (Langar) is
served. This trek avails of some of the ancient temples and the
surrounding is scenic.
Charanpadhuka, the next stop is 2.5 km from Banganga and boasts of containing the footprints of Mata. The third stop Adkuwari is 3 km from Charanpaduka, and marks the end of half of the journey. You can visit the Garbhajoon, where Mata is believed to have hid from Bhairavnath, for nine months.
Sanjichat, which at a distance of 4 km from Adkuwari, is the last halt. Situated at a very steep height, it gives an ethereal view of the Katra, Udhampur, Reasi and Jammu. Then at a distance of 2.5 km declivitous is the Bhawan, which further at a distance of 2 kms, leads it to the Bhairavnath temple. For the adventure enthusiasts, this track leads to a impenetrable and dense jungle where one can find different species of wild animals like monkeys, langoors and feral birds.
The souvenir shops at Bhawan, Sanjichhat, Adhkuwari,
Katra bus stand and at Vaishnavi Dham (Jammu) sell, bric a
brac and religious kitch. Chunnis (piece of colorful clothes), Sarees,
Shawals and even authentic gold and silver coins engraved with the replica
of the Devi are sold, which are offered to the goddess. You can also buy
jute bags, bangles and coconuts. Do not forget to buy Walnuts, that are
famous all over the world.
Besides the holy shrine there are lot many places around
Katra, that one can enjoy. Each renowned for its own specialty. While
paying your homage to the shrines, you can also enjoy your vacation by
sauntering in these areas.
Batote that overlook the Chenab gorge. It is a very well developed tourist resort with cozy accommodation and is world renowned for its kidney beans (Rajma).
Patni Top At an altitude of 2024 m., it is 112 km from Jammu. Encircled by deep chested wooden forest, it is a perfect picnic spot for your family. It is a winter resort and provides facilities to indulge in sports like trekking, golfing, skiing and aerosports. As far as accommodation is concerned there is availability of bungalows and tourist huts.
Sansar 117 km from Jammu and 17 km from Patni Top, lies this cup shaped meadow which is the perfect destination for the golf lovers. It also a terminus for para gliders. The Nag temple is also worth a watch.
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