Situated in Trikuta hills at an altitude of 1,585 mt (5,200 ft) above sea level, and 13 kms from Katra (in Jammu and Kashmir); Vaishno Devi is a town that's home to the highly revered Vaishno Devi Temple. This renowned shrine allures millions of devotees from all over the world. Devotees believe goddess herself calls the devotees to reach here.
Popularly known as Mata Rani, Trikuta, Ambe and Vaishnavi, Vaishno Devi is a manifestation of the Hindu Goddess Durga. It is believed that during the pooja and aarti, Goddesses arrive at the Holy cave to pay their respect to Mata Rani.
According to Hindu religion, in the Treta Yuga, when the earth was overburdened by the tyrannical rule of the wicked demons, Goddess Vaishnavi was created when three Goddesses - Gauri, Lakshmi and Saraswati decided to combine their energies to rid the earth of this doom. From the collective energy of the three Goddesses, appeared an eight armed Goddess, who was riding upon a lion (or tiger). After destroying the demons, Goddess Vaishnavi was requested to reside on Earth, so that she may forever keep all evil at bay. She chose to incarnate as a human, named Vaishnavi.
Vaishno Devi is a religious trekking destination which is managed by the Holy shrine board formed in 1986. To reach the holy temple, pilgrims walk about 13km uphill to reach the caves which is also among one of the 108 Shakti Peetha. It takes about 6-9 hours depending on the weather and pace. Ponies and Palanquins, as well as helicopter services, are available by various vendors to take you up there. The whole way is decently paved with lots of shops selling snacks, food and religious goods along the way.
Explore & Experience-
- Vaishno Devi Temple
- Bhairavnath Mandir
- Shopping enroute Vaishno Devi