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Vaishnodevi Temple is located on the Trikuta Hills of Jammu and Kashmir. The temple is about 5200 feet in height and 61 km from Jammu and 13 km from Katra.
- 1900 devotees of Jammu and Kashmir and 100 other states will be able to see Vaishnodevi
- About 700 years ago, Pt. Sridhar, a devotee of Vaishnodevi, discovered the cave.
- Devotees must wear masks, follow social distancing and sanitization
The temple of Mata Vaishnodevi, which has been closed for about 6 months for common devotees in the Corona period, is opening for all devotees from August 16. In the initial days, only 2 thousand people will be able to see. Before Corona, 50-60 thousand people visited here every day.
Vaishnodevi Temple is located on the Trikuta Hills of Jammu and Kashmir. The temple is about 5200 feet in height and 61 km from Jammu and 13 km from Katra. The three bodies of Vaishno Devi are enshrined in the cave as Goddess Kali, Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Lakshmi. After the commencement of the yatra, in the first week, 1,900 devotees from Jammu and Kashmir and 100 devotees from other states will be able to see every day.
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board CEO Ramesh Kumar informed that the yatra will start from Sunday, August 16. Devotees will have to register online for darshan. It will be mandatory for all devotees to download the Arogya Setu App in the phone. Masks, social distancing and sanitization have to be taken care of.
Thermal scanning of passengers will also be done. Children below 10 years, pregnant women, people above 60 years of age will not be allowed to visit. Also, people with any symptoms associated with Kovid-19 will be barred from visiting.
The building can be reached from Katra through Banganga, semi-virgin and twilight routes. After this, one has to return via Himkoti and Tarakot to come from the building. Negative reports of corona virus from visitors of other states will be checked on helipad and darshani deodhan.
Only those travelers who have a negative report of Kovid-19 will be allowed to go to the temple. At present, arrangements for puppies, spinach and mules are not being started. For the convenience of the passengers, battery vehicles, ropeways and helicopter services will be started.
Ancient importance of temple
Hansali village is in Katra. In the past, Sridhar, the supreme devotee of Vaishnodevi lived in this village. They did not have any child. One day in Navratri, he invited virgin girls for worship. Vaishno Devi appeared here in disguise as a girl. After the Puja, Vaishno Devi asked Sridhar to invite the people of the village to store their houses. Sridhar accepted the girl and called the people of the village to the store.
At that time, Bhairavnath, a disciple of Guru Gorakhnath, was also invited for food with disciples. The villagers reached Sridhar's house for a bhandara. Then Vaishno Devi served as a girl. Bhairavnath asked Kanya for meat and wine instead of Kheer-Puri. Virgo refused. However, Bhairavnath did not listen. Bhairavnath wanted to capture the girl, then changed her mother form and flew towards Trikuta mountain.
While hiding from Bhairavnath, Mata entered a cave and meditated for nine months. This cave is still famous by the name of Adyakumari, Adikumari or Garbhajoon. After 9 months, the girl took the form of Goddess outside the cave. Mata asks Bhairavnath to return. However, he did not agree.
Then Mata Vaishnavi took the form of Mahakali and killed Bhairavnath. The head of Bhairavnath was beheaded and fell into the Bhairav valley of Trikuta mountain, 8 km from the cave. Today that place is known as Bhairo Nath Temple. The place where the mother Vaishno Devi killed the stubborn Bhairavnath is the place known as the Holy Cave i.e. Bhavan.
The sacred cave was discovered 700 years ago
There are many beliefs regarding the discovery of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Temple. However, according to the official website of the Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board, the temple was discovered about 700 years ago by Pt. Sridhar. Mother had blessed the store at Pt Sridhar. Devi came in the form of a girl and left Bhandare in the middle to escape Bhairavnath.
Then Sridhar remained unhappy and left even food and water. At that time the Goddess appeared in Sridhar's dream and showed the way to the cave. Sridhar reached the cave of Vaishnodevi by the path told by the goddess.
Caves, Rastas and Assumptions
Vaishno Devi is enthroned in a cave. The importance of Vaishno Devi is as important as the cave here. The path currently used to see the Goddess is not a natural path. The new route was built in 1977.
When the number of devotees in the temple is small, the gate of the ancient cave is opened and devotees can reach the court of Mother through the old path. The holy Ganges water flows in the ancient cave. To reach Vaishno Devi temple one has to go through Adi virgin or Adyakunwari. There is also another cave here, which is called Garbha-joon.
There is aarti of the Goddess Mother twice a day. The first aarti occurs a little before sunrise. The second aarti is performed in the evening just after sunset.
Means of transport
Airport – The nearest airport of Vaishno Devi Temple is at Ranibagh in Jammu. One can reach Katra by bus or private car from Rani Bagh.
railway station – There are two railway stations close to Vaishno Devi temple, one is Jammu and the other is Katra. Trains to Jammu are available from all major cities across the country. Now a railway station has also been built in Katra. Currently, trains have not started till Katra due to Corona. Due to this one has to reach Vaishnodevi by private taxi from Jammu.
Helicopter can be booked from Katra
One can book helicopters from Katra to Mata Mandir from the temple website. The one-way fare for a person is 1045 rupees.
The distance from Katra to the temple is about 15 km. To reach here one has to climb on foot. Horse can also ride mule, pittu or sedan. But, this system is closed due to Corona. Battery vehicles have been arranged for devotees.
Booking of Aarti-Puja can be done online
In Vaishno Devi temple worship can be booked in two categories. The first one for Rs 2,100 and the second one for Rs 11,000. These pujas can be booked on the temple website https://www.maavaishnodevi.org/. Apart from these, here 26,000, 48,000, 71,000. And Rs. 1,21,000 Devotees can be worshiped in the temple.
Stay in the temple
The temple also has free accommodation for devotees to stay. There are many big halls around semi-virgins, twilight and building, where devotees can stay free of charge. Here you get first come, first served basis. There are also free blanket stores for travelers. But, at present, blankets will not be given to passengers because of Corona.
AC, non AC rooms can be booked on rent in Jammu, Katra, semi-virgin, sanjichat, building area. Rooms from Rs 100 to Rs 2300 can be rented here.
Vaishnodevi temple as well as other places to see
Apart from Devi Temple, one can see Raghunath Temple, Ranvereshwar Temple, Amar Mahal, Bahu Fort, Mansar Lake in Jammu. Batot in Katra, beautiful hills of Patnitop, Jhajjar Kotli, Kud, Manaltai, Sanasar, Shivkhodi, Baba Dhansar are places to see. There are also Kashmir Valley, Kargil and Leh around Jammu.
Temple website and contact number
The official website of the temple is https://www.maavaishnodevi.org. For more information, you can contact the office of SDM Tehsildar, Bhawan, Room No. 8, Kalika Bhawan, phone number + 91-01991- 282222.