OVERVIEW- A famous cave shrine situated in the Trikuta Mountains; Vaishno Devi is one of the sacred shrines devoted to Goddess Shakti. Devotees have to get off at Katra, from where the journey to the temple starts. On Vaishno Devi Yatra constant reciting of “Jai Mata Di” creates picturesque atmosphere with refreshing energies among pilgrims. It is believed that one’s desires get fulfilled by visiting the temple of Goddess Vaishno Devi. The cave which enshrines the three holy 'pindis' - stone representation of the three form of Energy - 'Guna'- Satva, Tama and Raja, which are Mata Saraswati, Mata Kali and Mata Lakshmi respectively. Although the source rock of pindis is one, they all differ in color and texture, said to be denoting the color of the goddesses they represent - slightly white for Mother Saraswati to the extreme left; to the right is black of Mother Kali, and in the middle is yellowish red of Mother Lakshmi. A pleasant weather and the captivating Darshan of the Maa Vaishno Devi make the Yatra a worthy one. Natural beauty at its best can be relished throughout the trip. Mata Vaishno Devi Temple Tour will take all the devotees to the pristine temple of Maa Vaishno.
JAMMU- Also famed as the ‘City of Temples’, Jammu has been blessed with natural beauty in abundance. Placed at the base of the mighty Himalayan Mountains, the city was founded by Raja Jamboolochan way back in the 14th century. As per archaeological indication, Jammu was the part of the Harappa civilization.
KATRA- The shrine of Vaishno Devi, one of the most important places of worship in India calls the little town of Katra its home. Located in the Uddhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir, Katra is mostly visited by devotees of Lord Shiva. The pilgrimage route is only complete when Shiv Khori, 1.6 km away from Vaishno Devi is also visited. Katra has a large collection of water bodies which can be easily accessed.
MATA VAISHNO DEVI SHRINE- It is one of the oldest and popular shrines of India, located at a height of 5300 feet on the holy Trikuta Hills of the Shivalik Hill Range. The Holy cave is 13 Kms from the Base Camp Katra. The Town Katra is 50 Kms away from Jammu.
Tour Destination: Jammu – Katra – Vaishno Devi – Katra - Jammu
Travel Duration: 02 Nights/03 Days
DAY 1: JAMMU - KATRA- Arrival at Jammu Airport/Station and drive to Katra. Enroute visit the famous Raghunath Temple.
RAGHUNATH TEMPLE- Situated in the heart of the city and surrounded by a group of other temples, this temple, dedicated to Lord Rama is outstanding and unique in Northern India.
Continue your drive to Katra. After relaxing some hours, start your trek towards the Mata Vaishno Devi Temple. The Yatra begins at Katra from where you can go bare foot, horses or palki for the Darshan.
Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 2: VAISHNO DEVI SHRINE - KATRA- Today continue with a 16 km journey that covers Banganga, the Adhkawari cave, Sanji Chhat, Bhawan, the shrine and the Bhairon temple.
MATA VAISHNO DEVI- The Goddess Mata Vaishno Devi's abode is in 100 feet long cave with a narrow opening. The holy cold and crystal clear water washes the lotus feet of the Mata's "Pindian". There are three natural ‘Pindies’ representing Maha Saraswati, Maha Lakshmi, Maha Kali, which represent creative, preservative, and destructive aspects of the Super Power. It is an ancient shrine whose reference is found in the Vedas and ancient scriptures.
After the divine blessings of Mata Vaishno Devi return back to Katra. Take rest at the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 3: KATRA - JAMMU- After breakfast, drive back to the Jammu Airport / Station to board flight / train towards onward journey.
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