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Vaishno Devi Yatra

Vaishno Devi Yatra

Maa Vaishno Devi at Trikut Parvat is one of the religious and major places where pilgrims of divine mother of all the energies of cosmos are revered and venerated. Vaishno Devi temple in Katra located in the Jammu region is one of the most visited Hindu shrines in the world. Several pilgrims visit this sacred temple every year. This temple is devoted to Vaishno Devi and is believed that whatever one wishes here gets granted. The sacred temple is considered the most prominent Shaktipeeths as it is believed that here the skull of the goddess Sati fell. The temple is a cave-styled holy temple and is situated at an altitude of 5200 ft above sea level so devotees need to trek 12 km distance to the top starting from Katra as it is the base camp for the pilgrims who come to pay homage to Vaishno Mata temple. Another way to reach this sacred temple is by helicopter service, pony ride, or palanquin. During Navratras – March- April, and September- November as per the auspicious tithi days it witnesses a major crowd.

On studying Vedic literature one finds that there is no reference to the worship of any female deity or shakti. The puranic period thus mentions the practice of worshipping Shakti. The cave enshrines the 3 holy pindies- stone representation of the 3 forms of energy- Guna-Satva, Tama, and Raja that are Mata Mahasaraswati, Mata Mahakali, and Mata Mahalakshmi respectively

Epic Mahabharata reveals that Arjun sought the blessings, on the battlefield, for victory from mother goddess uttering Jambookatak Chityaishu Nityam Sannihitalaye whereby the word Jamboo is believed to be referring to the present day Jammu. Adjacent to the Trikuta mountain at Kol Kandoli and Bhawan, Pandavas, out of gratitude, had built the temples of the mother goddess. Overlooking the holy cave one can spot five stone structures that are believed to be five Pandavas.

Even Guru Gobind Singh had visited the holy cave when he arrived here via Pur Mandal which is a pilgrimage center on the track to the holy cave. Legend has it that Mata Sati’s skull fell here and the holy shrine of the mother goddess was built in reverence. It is the holiest of all shakti Peeths. In the holy cave of Shree Mata Vaishno Devi, there is a human hand made up of stone and people believe that it is the hand of the mother goddess that grants blessings. The exact time when the pilgrimage to the holy cave started is not very clear.  

According to mythology, the severed head of Bhaironath tossed to the adjacent hill to Trikuta. Bhairon while dying realized his mistake and asked Mata Vaishno Devi for forgiveness. Mata forgave him and gave him the boon of being worshipped by the devotees who would come to seek her blessing at the Bhawan and thus after paying a visit to Mata Vaishno Devi temple one needs to head towards the Bhairon Mandir. This sacred Bhairon Mandir is located at a distance of about 3kms from the Bhawan/holy The holy yatra to Maa Vaishno Devi is only complete when the pilgrims pay homage at Bhairon mandir thus every pilgrim during their yatra visit Bhairon Mandir for darshan.

After giving a boon to Bhairo, Ma Vaishno shed off her human form and assumed the face of a rock, she immersed herself into meditation forever. Thus ma Vaishno in the form of a 5 and a half feet tall rock with 3 pindies on the top is the astonishing destination of a devotee. These constitute the holy cave that is known as the Ma Vaishno Devi temple that is revered by all.  cave of Vaishno Devi Mata in Katra. It is located at the adjacent hill of Trikuta. Bhairon Mandir has a havan Kund that is the major part of this sacred temple as the ashes are considered holy.

Ban Ganga is another holy place to visit during Maa Vaishno Devi yatra. The Shivalik range of the Himalayas is where the Ganga originates from. According to the mythology, Mata Vaishno Devi was heading towards her cave one monkey was accompanying her and felt thirsty. With no water around Ma Vaishno shot an arrow in the earth due to which the Ganga sprang up and thus it got its name Ban Ganga where Ban means arrow. Bal Ganga provides relaxation to the pilgrims while trekking to Mata Vaishno Devi temple. Take a dip and feel fresh and relaxed before continuing further. The important thing to note down is that photography and videography are not allowed in the temple.

Best time for Vaishno Devi Yatra

The Vaishno Devi Yatra is open throughout the year, but devotees prefer to pay homage to the Vaishno Devi shrine in the summer months- May, June and July and also in the festive period of spring and autumn, Navratras and in New Year. Winter and summers are also considered to be the aptest time for this yatra as the weather is salubrious.

In winters the original sacred cave of Mata Vaishno Devi is open during this season and darshan through this cave is in itself a mystical experience. One can even log in to the official website of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine board and can keep a track of the pattern and the number of pilgrims visiting the sacred shrine and thus can make the yatra comfortable.

Vaishno Devi Yatra by Helicopter

The easiest way to reach the Vaishno Devi shrine is via Helicopter. You can opt for helicopter services up to Sanjichhat which is nearly 9.5km from Katra. The helipad is nearly 2km away from the Katra bus stand. Devotees can hire taxis to reach the helipad. One needs to collect the boarding tickets after reaching the helipad and have to keep their id proofs ready with them.

After reaching one needs to collect the entry pass for Gate no.5 and locker number where you can keep your luggage and phone. One needs to walk almost 2.5km to Bhawan that takes only 30 minutes. The devotees who do not have much time can opt for this option to save time. The devotees will also be provided with VIP entry passes to the Bhawan. Travel Ride Provides Best Vishno Devi Helicopter Package.

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How to Reach Vaishno Devi

One eager to visit the sacred shrine needs to reach Katra that is located about 50kms from Jammu. Katra serves as the base camp for the Vaishno Devi Yatra and enjoys a good connection with Jammu, and Jammu is well connected to the major parts of India by Air, Rail and Road.

Road

Jammu has a well-connected network of roadways. The national highway- NH1 passes through Jammu and connects it to India’s most loved destination Kashmir. Jammu is on the National Highway- 1-A that is connected by the highway network to all parts of India. There are several regular state and private buses to reach Jammu by Amritsar, Delhi, Manali, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, and Shimla. One can even avail direct buses from Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Patiala, Amritsar, Dharamshala, Pathankot and many other cities of North India to reach Katra.

Rail

The nearest railway junction in Jammu is the Jammu Tawi situated within the city. It is well-connected to prominent cities of India- Delhi, Chennai, Pune, Kolkata, Mumbai, Trivandrum, especially the northern part. Some famous trains that run to and from the railway station are- Jammu Rajdhani, Uttar S Kranti, Jhelum Express, Andaman Express, Himgiri express. Some of the trains run on fixed days of the week so do check the train schedule before booking. After reaching the railway station one can hire taxis to reach Katra. The Indian railways have introduced Katra’s railway station- Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra railway station, which lies on the Jammu Udhampur Srinagar Baramulla Railway link. Direct trains from Delhi are available for Katra railway station.  

Air

The Jammu airport- Satwari is the nearest airport in Jammu that is well-connected to some cities like- New Delhi, Srinagar, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Amritsar, Chennai and Leh. One can opt for Spice Jet, Jet Airways, and Air India that are regular flights from the airport. After reaching the airport one can hire a taxi to reach Katra that is around 40kms from Jammu airport.

Vaishno Devi Yatra Packages

Yamunotri Tour Package From Delhi

4 Nights/5 Days

  Transportation          Meal  
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9,500 / Per Person

Teen Dham Tour Package from Delhi

8 nights/9 days

  Transportation          Meal  
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Starting From

20,500 / Per Person

Teen Dham Package From Haridwar

6 nights /7 days

  Transportation          Meal  
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15,500 / Per Person

Badrinath Tour Package From Delhi

4 Nights/5 Days

  Transportation          Meal  
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Starting From

12,000 / Per Person

Kedarnath Tour Package From Haridwar

2 Nights/3 Days

  Transportation          Meal  
  Sight-Seeing         Accommodation  

Starting From

6,500 / Per Person

Do Dham Tour Package From Delhi

6 nights /7 days

  Transportation          Meal  
  Sight-Seeing         Accommodation  

Starting From

14,500 / Per Person

Do Dham Package From Haridwar

4 Nights/5 Days

  Transportation          Meal  
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Starting From

11,000 / Per Person

Chardham Yatra Tour Package From Haridwar

8 nights/9 days

  Transportation          Meal  
  Sight-Seeing         Accommodation  

Starting From

19,000 / Per Person

Chardham Yatra Package From Delhi

10 nights/11 days

  Transportation          Meal  
  Sight-Seeing         Accommodation  

Starting From

21,000 / Per Person

Badrinath Tour Package From Haridwar

2 Nights/3 Days

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  Sight-Seeing         Accommodation  

Starting From

7,500 / Per Person

Vaishno Devi Yatra From Katra

2 Nights/3 Days

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  Sight-Seeing         Accommodation  

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5,500 / Per Person

Vaishno Devi Darshan Trip From Katra

1 Night/2 Days

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  Sight-Seeing         Accommodation  

Starting From

3,800 / Per Person

Vaishno Devi Yatra by Helicopter

1 Night/2 Days

  Transportation          Meal  
  Sight-Seeing         Accommodation  

Starting From

5,800 / Per Person

Vaishno Devi Package with Patnitop

3 Nights/4 Days

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  Sight-Seeing         Accommodation  

Starting From

7,800 / Per Person

Religious Vaishno Devi Package

3 Nights/4 Days

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  Sight-Seeing         Accommodation  

Starting From

7,500 / Per Person

Kashmir Vaishno Devi Tour Package

8 Nights/9 Days

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  Sight-Seeing         Accommodation  

Starting From

18,500 / Per Person

Amarnath Vaishno Devi Package from Delhi

10 Nights/11 Days

  Transportation          Meal  
  Sight-Seeing         Accommodation  

Starting From

23,500 / Per Person