Video In and Around Maa Vaishano Temple
Vaishno Devi is a cave in the lower Himalayas where Katra, the town at the foot of the Trikuta hills is the base camp for the Vaishno Devi shrine. Katra is 48 km from Jammu, 650 km from Delhi (via Una), 520 km from Udhampur, 410 km from Chandigarh and 80 km from Patnitop.
The shrine is visited all through the year, but the path is difficult during the winters when the route is often blocked by snowfall.
Significance of the temple
Legend has the evidence that Vaishnavi was in the forest where she encountered Lord Rama, prince of Ayodhya, who was in exile. Recognizing him immediately as the avatar of Lord Vishnu she begged him to merge with her, but Lord Rama was knowing that the time was not ripe promised her that on completion of his exile Lord Rama would again pass that way and if Vaishnavi would recognized him then he would fulfill her wishes. True to his word he returned in the guise of an old man, but unfortunalely Vaishnavi failed to recognize him. Rama consoled her and advised her to set up an ashram at the base of the Trikuta Hills and continue with her penance.
Maha Kali represents Tam Guna where Tam stands for darkness or unholiness. The main attribute of Maha Kali is that Mata is constantly endeavoring to vanquish the forces of darkness. Maha Lakshmi represents Raj Guna which stands for sustenance, prosperity and well being. Maha Saraswati represents Satva Guna: Satva means the purity and goodness. The main attribute of Maha Saraswati, Mata blesses her devotees with pure thoughts and a high intellect.
Time to VisitClimate in the Holy Shrine is of high altitude temperature - very cold and the best time to visit is throughout the year except during winter. The pilgrims prefer travelling between October and February.
Rules and Rituals of the templesThe 'Aarti' of the Goddess is performed usually twice a day, first time in the morning before the sunrise and second time in the evening after the sunset. During the ''Aarti'' of Maa Vaisnavi only the Pujaris, Pandits and security staff besides senior most functionaries of the Board at Bhawan are allowed inside the sanctum- sanctorum.
Other places to Visit
Ban Ganga Temple
|As the Maa Vaishnav left the Bhumika Temple later she proceeded to Trikuta Hills passing through here. At this time, Langoor Vir felt thirsty then the goddess shot an arrow into the stone and a holy river was produced which is called Ban Ganga. Because the goddess washed her hair at this place and today most pilgrims take bath here.|
Charan Paduka TempleThis is the place where the Maa Viashnavi stopped for some time while Bhairon was chasing her and footprints are supposed to be visible on a stone at this place.
|Ardh Kuwari is the halfway point where some pilgrims stay here for the night. There is a 15-foot-long cave called Garbha Joon where the goddess hid herself for nine months and showed herself to a saint.|
Access to the TempleThe cave of Maa Vaishnave Devi is in the lower Himalayas. Katra, the town at the foot of the Trikuta hills is the base camp for the Vaishno Devi shrine.
|Nearby tourist places to Maa Vaishanodevi Temple
|Vaishno Devi is located 14 km from the town of Katra and 52 km north of Jammu. Katra is situated at 2,800 feet and takes about 2 hours to reach from Jammu by bus.|
Accommodation Facilities the Temple
- Maa Vaishnave Devi Temple is developed to great extent where all the facilities are available for the devotees as one starts the piligrimage for Jammu.
- In Jammu for the convenience of the pilgrims, the Maa Vaishnavi Shrine Board offers accommodation at its Yatri Niwas, Vaishnavi Dham located near the Railway Station. Double bedded A.C. rooms and A.C.suite accommodation are also available.
- As one reachs Katra, the Yatris can get accommodation at Niharika /Vishram Ghar complex of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board .
- There are other several hotels in private sector which are offering excellent facilities for boarding and lodging. Information regarding these hotels would be available with Travel agents in Jammu city and JKTDC assistance at TRC counters Jammu, Katra and Railway Station, Jammu.