Mata Vaishno Devi Temple is one of the most visited pilgrimage centers in India. It is located on the Trikuta Mountain at a height of 5,300 ft. The Vaishno Devi Mandir is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Shakti, located in the hill of Vaishno Devi, Jammu and Kashmir, India. In Hinduism, Vaishno Devi, also known as Mata Rani and Vaishnavi, is a manifestation of the Mother Goddess. The shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi witnesses thousands of devotees arrive all through the year irrespective of the difficulties faced by them. The Yatra begins at Katra and pilgrims have to cover 13 km. of terrain on foot to reach the Darbar. Popular belief holds that anybody who walks the Himalayan trail to the shrine rarely goes back disappointed. A super natural power seems to draw them through the mountain and they climb up those great heights step by step.
Located at a distance of 50 kilometres, the Jammu airport is the nearest to Katra. Jammu is well-connected with major airports in India. It’s easy to get a cab from the Jammu airport to Katra as regular taxi and cab services are available.By Bus
Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation buses operate to and from Jammu to Katra at regular intervals. Air-conditioned private deluxe buses and taxis are also available from Jammu to Katra.By Train
The nearest railway station from Katra is the Udhampur railway station. Taxi and cab services are available from the railway station to Katra.
For Vaishno Devi Darshan you have to go by tracking, Palkis, Ponis and Pithoos or Helicopter. First you have to take yatra parchi and then you have to start you journey.Tracking
Walking for 12-13 Kms. can be arduous and tiring for those not used to it. Still many pilgrims prefer to walk all the way. It helps in cleansing their minds before they reach the Holy Shrine. The tiredness and exhaustion of the trek serve as penances and their minds become still, meditative, full of devotion and gratitude for the Mother. The serenity of the environment also influences the devotees and a mystical calm starts enveloping them.Palkis, Ponis and Pithoos
The Pony, Porter and Palanquin services are managed by the local/under a municipal committee organizing the local municipal affairs. All these porters, pony owners and palanquin (palki) owners are registered with municipal committee and carry an identity card/token number. Their cards/permits are renewed every year and new cards carrying a fresh validity date are issued. Any card that is outside the scope of this validity date is naturally invalid and hence disqualifies its owners from offering services on the track. Many unregistered Pithus tend to show their old and invalid cards to get work. Yatries are advised to carefully scan the identity card/token of the porter/pony owner and satisfy themselves about its validity. It is also advisable to retain this identity card and handover the same only after satisfactorily reaching the destination.Vaishno Devi Helicopter
Helicopter services start from Katra on the foothills and the flight will drop you at Sanjhichatt. This visit to the sacred Shrine, enveloped by the clouds is the beginning of a breathtaking heli-hop.
The "Aarti" of the Maa Vaishno Devi at Holy Cave is performed Twice a Day.
The whole ceremony of "Aarti" is a very Sacred and Dedicated to Maa Durga. The Pujaris of the Holy Cave perform "Aarti" before the holy deity first inside the sanctum- sanctorum and than outside the cave.
Before the start of "Aarti", Pujaris perform "Aatam Pujan/Shuddhee" (Self-Purification). After that the Goddess is bathed in Water, Milk, Ghee, Honey, Sugar.After that the Goddess is dressed-up in a Saree, Chola and Chuni and Ornaments.The entire process takes place with the enchantment of various Shlokas and Mantras. After that Tilak is placed on the forehead of the deity and Navied (Prasad) is offered. The Pujaris of Holy Cave perform the Puja of Gods and Goddesses, as it is a believed that during the Aarti time, all the Gods and Goddesses are present inside the sanctum Sanctorum. The Jyoti (divine lamp) is lightened and then the 'Aarti' of the goddess is performed. After the whole procedure, the thaal which contains the lamp and various other items used in the 'Aarti', is brought outside the mouth of the holy cave, where 'Aarti' of the goddess is performed in the presence of yatris. The yatris who remain seated outside the holy cave during the time when the Aarti is performed inside the Sanctum Sanctorum, keep listening to the Pravachans of head Pandit. After the Aarti outside the holy cave is over, the pujari distributes Prasadam and the charanamrit ( the holy water) to the devotees. This whole procedure of "Aarti" takes Two Hours. In this duration, the Darshans for Yatris are delayed. The maintenance and renovation works required inside the Holy Cave are performed during this time only.
Every day, Hawan is performed in the Yagyashala where, the name, the gotra etc. of the desirous person(s) shall be chanted and prayers will be offered for their welfare and prosperity.
Every day, Hawan is performed in the Yagyashala where, the name, the gotra etc. of the desirous person(s) shall be chanted and prayers will be offered for their welfare and prosperity. Poojan is performed in the name of the devotee(s) for/by whom Pooja has been registered even while the devotee(s) is not present in the Pooja. The Poojan Prashad is sent through courier to the given address.
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