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Mata Vaishno Devi Tour (Yatra) Packages, Vaishnodevi Temple

Mata Vaishno Devi Tour (Yatra) Packages, Vaishnodevi Temple

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Introduction

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Introduction: 
   
The sacred shrine of Goddess Vaishno Devi is situated on a hill, at a distance of 12 km from Katra, in the Udhampur district of Jammu-Kashmir.
    
Vaishno Devi is also known as Mata Rani. It is said that she herself gives a call to her devotees to visit.
    
It is an active shrine of Devi which, in spite of being located in a region difficult to reach, attracts the largest number of devotees and tourists after Tirupati.
    
Mata Vaishno Devi Sthapna Board manages the shrine as well as the route to the shrine (Mata Bhavan) from Katra.

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Mythological Beliefs

Mythological Beliefs: 
   
According to ancient texts, when the evil powers began to dominate the righteous, the 3 forms of Aadi Shakti i.e. Mahasaraswati, Mahalakshmi and Mahakali used their combined powers (Sat, Tam and Raj) to create a girl and entrusted her the responsibility of reinstating religion and righteousness.
    
 In the Treta yug, this girl took birth as the daughter of Ratnakar Pandit in Rameshwar, a southern part of India. When she realised that Lord Vishnu had incarnated as Shri Ram, she began to meditate to win him as her husband.
    
When Lord Ram reached Rameshwar in search of Seeta, he came to know about this girl, Vaishnavi. He expressed his inability to marry her in the current birth due to his pledge to be loyal to Seeta. However he promised to marry her in his incarnation as Kalki in Kalyug. Until then, he suggested that she meditated on the Trikoot Mountain in the Himalayas and work for the welfare of the devotees and the masses.
   
According to another tale, Aadi Shakti appeared as a beautiful girl before a Brahmin called Shridhar in the Hansali Village near the present day Katra and asked him to organise a bhandara (feast). With the blessings of the Goddess, the bhandara was successful. However, Bhairavnath, a tantrik follower from the Gorakhnath sect appeared at the scene, trying to insult the Goddess and also proposing her for marriage.
    
When Bhairavnath’s actions were unforgivable, the Goddess killed him. In his dying moments, when Bhairavnath asked for pardon, the Goddess not only forgave him but also blessed him that the pilgrimage of a devotee coming to worship her will be considered as complete only after he visits the temple of Bhairavnath too.
 

Historical Facts

History: 
   
The earliest evidence of Trikoot Mountain is available in Vedic literature, implying that the Aryans had knowledge about this hilly region.
   
The present day Jammu was established in the ancient days by a Rajput king called Jambu Lochan who named the place as Jambupur.
   
Mahabharat refers to the worship of Adyashakti by Arjun and suggests her as the resident of Jambu Mountain region.
   
This cave of the Goddess is believed to have been discovered by a local Brahmin, Shridhar, in the 14th century.
   
The 10th Sikh Guru, Govind Singh, visited the region in the final years of the 17th century.
   
This region was under the control of a Dogra Rajput, Gulab Singh, an associate and General of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, and who is considered as the founder of the present day state of Jammu Kashmir.
   
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Sthapna Board was formed in 1986 A.D. As a result, the temple management and the travel arrangements became a responsibility of the state government.
 

Main Places To See

Main Places To See: 
   
Maa Vaishno Devi Bhavan:
 
This is an approximately 30 metre long cave at the end of which are the stone idols of Mahasaraswati, Mahalakshmi and Mahakali under whose feet cold water keeps flowing regularly. In this temple, money is offered as prasad by the priest. It is midway on the journey to Ardhkunwari (Garbh-joon), a narrow cave. It is believed that the Goddess meditated in this cave for 9 months. The devotees strongly believe that one does not need to take a rebirth on passing through this cave.
    
Sanjhi Chhat:
 
This is the highest point of the journey. The view of the Trikoot Mountain and the valleys from here is picturesque.
    
Bhairon Temple:
 
It is at a height of 1 ½ km from the main shrine (Mata Bhavan). The visit to Vaishno Devi is deemed as incomplete without the worship in this temple.
   
Charan Paduka:
 
This is the first stage of the journey. The Goddess’ foot prints are marked on a stone over here.
   
Ban Ganga:
 
This is a small stream of water that flows to the right side of the journey route. Devotees bathe in it before commencing the pilgrimage. The belief is that it was created by the Goddess with an arrow to quench the thirst of both of her guards, Veer and Langoor.
 

Main Festivals

Main Festivals: 
   
Navratri:
 
Both the Navratris are celebrated in Vaishno Devi i.e. Chaitra Navratri and Sharadiya Navratri (Ashwin month). On this occasion, a Shatchandi yagna is organised. At some places, a 9-day recital of the Ramayan takes place. Bhagwati Jagran is another attraction during this time which is presented by established artists of the country.
   
Diwali:
 
It is celebrated during the Kartik month (October-November). On this occasion, the entire region glows with different kinds of lights.
   
Lohri:
 
This is a festival of bathing and Goddess worship in the month of January. It is largely a harvest festival.
   
Vaishakhi:
 
It is a festival celebrated in the month of April. Besides Devi puja, Bhangra (dance) is also organised.
   
Jhiri Mela (fair):
 
This attractive fair is held in the month of October-November at 14 km from Jammu.
   
Magh Shri Panchami:
 
A grand puja of Mahasaraswati is organised on this festival.
 

Where To Stay

Where To Stay : 
   
Dharamshalas:
 
Dharmshalas are available at both, Katra as well as Mata Bhavan (shrine of Vaishno Devi). However, the dharmshala agents sometimes persuade to buy Prasad and chunni from a particular shop only.
   
Hotels:
 
 Category  General
 Name  Sharda Bhavan
 Address  Bus Stand
 Telephone  +91 - 1991 - 232 025, 232 125, 234 053
   
 
 Category  General
 Name  Hotel Subhash
 Address  Main Bazar, Katra
 Telephone  +91 - 1991 - 232 055
 Fax  +91 - 1991 - 233 044
   
 
 Category  General
 Name  Niharika Yatri Niwas
 Address  Near Bus Stand
 Telephone  +91 - 1991 - 232 281
 Fax  +91 - 1991 - 232 887
 Web Site  www.maavaishnodevi.org
   
 
 Category  Medium
 Name  Shivalik Hotel
 Address  Kashmir Road, Vaishno Devi, Katra, Udhampur, Dist. Jammu,  Jammu Kashmir - 182 301
 Telephone  +91 - 1991 - 232 287
   
 
 Category  Medium
 Name  Hotel Mayur
 Address  Kashmir Road, Katra, Udhampur, Dist. Jammu,
 Jammu Kashmir - 182 301
 Telephone  +91 - 1991 - 232 144
 Fax  +91 - 1991 - 232 942
 Web Site  www.mayurhotels.com
   
 
 Category  Medium
 Name  Hotel Tridev
 Address  Near Bus Stand
 Telephone  +91 - 1991 - 232 108
 Fax  +91 - 1991 - 232 456  
   
 
 Category  High
 Name  Hotel Asia
 Address  Vikram Chowk, Jammu Kashmir
 Telephone  +91 - 1991 - 232 061 / 232 161
 Fax  +91 - 1991 - 232 061
 Email  info@asiavaishnodevi.in
 Web Site  www.asiavaishnodevi.in
   
 
 Category  High
 Name  Ambika Hotel
 Address  Vaishno Devi, Jammu Kashmir - 182 301
 Telephone  +91 - 1991 - 232 400
 Fax  +91 - 1991 - 232 064
   
 
 Category  High
 Name  Subhash International Hotel
 Address  Ban Ganga Road, Katra, Jammu Kashmir - 182 301
 Telephone  +91 - 1991 - 232 100 / 232 111
 Fax  +91 - 1991 - 233 044
 

Location/Climate

Location/Climate: 
 
Location
 
 Geographical  Location  Height  Above  Sea Level  Average Annual Rainfall
 Latitude  Longitude  5200 feet  102 mm
 33˚ N  75˚ E
   
 
Temperature

Temperature is given in degrees Celsius.

 
 Month  Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct   Nov    Dec
 Maximum   30  33  35  38  37  32  33  33  34  31  30  29
 Minimum  11  12  16  20  22  23  22  22  21  19  14  12
   
 
Important Informations
The hill of Vaishno Devi is situated in the Trikoot Mountain of the north-western Himalaya, with a small river called Ban Ganga flowing below it.
Devotees visit Vaishno Devi throughout the year; however the temperature drops below zero with snowfall during December and January.
 

General Information

General Information: 
 
 STD Code
 01991
 Puja Timings
 Special Puja 4.30-6.00 a.m. and 6.00-7.30 p.m.
 Police Assistance
 100
 Hospital/Ambulance
 Government Hospital, Katra, Travel Counter No. 2
 Currency  Exchange
 
 State Bank of India
 Katra, Jammu Kashmir - 182 301
 Tel: +91 - 01991 - 232 956
 UCO Bank
 A.T. & P.O., Katra,
 Vaishno Devi, Dist. Udhampur,
 Katra, Jammu Kashmir - 182 301
 Tel: +91 - 1991 - 232 021
 ATM Centre  HDFC
 CB-13 Rail Head Commercial Complex,
 Gandhi Nagar, Jammu
 ICICI Bank
 Ground floor, K.C. Plaza, Residency Road,
 Jammu  Kashmir - 180 001
 SBI
 Super Bazar and Old Hospital Road, Purani Mandi,  Jammu Kashmir - 180 001
 Post Office
 Raghunath Bazar Post Office
 Tourist Office
 Tourist Office
 Katra
 Tel: +91 - 1991 - 232 367
   
 
Food
Non vegetarian food and alcohol is strictly prohibited in Katra and on the route to Vaishno Devi shrine. The route from Katra to Vaishno Devi is lined with shops offering vegetarian meals. Rajma and rice are very popular in Ardhkunwari. Food is available at a nominal price near the main shrine. However, free meals are available in Katra.
 

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Airports in the vicinity: 
Srinagar
Jammu
Railway: 
 Main Railway Stations  Station Code
 Jammu Tawi  JAT
 Pathankot  PTK
 Amritsar  ASR
Road Distance from Destinations: 
 Amarnath  Srinagar  115 km
 Jammu  252 km
 Amritsar  427 km
 Pahalgam  42 km
 Vaishnodevi

 

 Jammu  50 km
 Srinagar  162 km
 Katra  12 km
 Amritasr  269 km
 Ranvireshwar  Srinagar  188 km
 Manali  320 km
 Amritsar  229 km
 Pathankot  100 km