|Sharad Navratri 2014 Dates|
|Ghatsthapana||Navratri Day 1||September 25, 2014|
|Chandra Darshan||Dwitiya Day 2||September 26, 2014|
|Sindoor Tritiya||Chandraghanta Puja, Tritiya Day 3||September 27, 2014|
|Varadvinayak Chaturthi||Day 4||September 28, 2014|
|Upang Lalita Vrat||Skandamata Puja Day 5||September 29, 2014|
|Katyayani Puja||Shashthi Day 6||September 30, 2014|
|Saraswati Awahan||Kalaratri Puja, Saptami Day 7||October 1, 2014|
|Sri Durga Mahaashtami||Saraswati Puja Day 8||October 2, 2014|
|Sharad Navratri ends||Ram Navratri Day 9||October 3, 2014|
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.
Helicopter Services at Mata Vaishno devi is operated between Katra-Sanjichatta-Katra. Helicopter services start from the Katra Helipad (Which is 2 Km from Bus Stand Katra) and ends at the Sanjichatta Helipad. From Sanjichatta to mata bhawan you will go on Foothills. Globel Vector and Himalayan are the helicopter service provider for Vaishno devi.
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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