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Vaishno Devi

, Jammu and Kashmir

  (part of Jammu region)

(Vaishno Devi is also known as Mata Rani / Vaishnavi / Vaishno Devi Mandir; also spelled as vashnodevi / vaishnaodevi / vaishnudevi / vaishnav devi temple / vaishnavdevi / Vaishnavi Devi / Vaishno-Devi / vaisho devi)
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Begining of yatra, Bann Ganga On the way from sanjhi chatt to Bhawan
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Fast Facts
State: Jammu and Kashmir
District: Udhampur
Famous for/as: Pilgrim
Languages: Dogra, Hindi, Urdu
Best Season: Mar - Oct
Weather: Summer 5 to 40°C, Winter -14 to 24°C
Altitude: 1700 m
Pincode: 182301
STD code: 01991
A renowned cave temple situated in the hovering mountain ranges of Himalayas, Vaishnodevi temple in Jammu has got international acclaim as a much desired pilgrim centre. Dedicated to Mother goddess Vaishnodevi, this fabulous shrine allures millions of devotees from all over the world. A deep sense of devotion and faith helps the devotees to mount the tedious journey of 13 kilometers to have a darshan.

Believed to be built by the Pandavas, this shrine is one among the oldest of the all shrines in India. At an altitude of 5200 feet, this temple depicts almost all the deities of the Hindu Pantheon. Legends have it that in order to escape from the tantric, Vaishnodevi went to Trikoot and when her meditation was disturbed she killed the tantric. The idol of the main deity is in the form of natural Pindies, representing Goddes Kali, Saraswathi and Lakshmi. These three stone structures symbolize creative, preservative and destructive characters of the mother goddess.

Pilgrims have to get down at Katra, from where the new route to the shrine starts. Some adventurous people opt for the more tedious steeply pathway which is much harder to ascend. It is mandatory that the tourists should register their names and obtain a yatra slip from the registration office. A slip in hand is so obligatory that without it one would not be permitted to cross the Banganga check post. The authorities do not charge any fee for the slip. The tourists are required to mention the number of other tourists traveling along with them. Tourists are also requested to reveal the mode of their journey to the authorities.

The experience one get in the darshan is so spectacular that they would even forget all haphazard they have under took during their arduous journey. The feeling is so great that it would fetch the devotee again and again to this holy abode of the mother goddess. Nothing would defeat the deep belief and fondness of the devotees and the uphill path offers the unusual site of all class of people walking with the same devotion. Another attribute of visiting this sacred place is the trudging like experience, it provides throughout the mounting path.

Located in the snow clad mountain ranges, this sacred shrine commands the pictorial beauty of the majestic Himalayas. A salubrious climate and the enchanting darshan of the goddess make the arduous journey a worthy one. Natural splendors at its zenith can be enjoyed throughout the sojourn.
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Vaishno Devi Yatra - The Home of the Pindis

  by Afia Ahmad  on Feb 11, 2011
Find detailed information on Vaishnodevi Yatra in Kashmir. Plan a pilgrim tours to Kashmir and pay homage to the famous sanctum of Mata Vaishnodevi, by indulging in trekking or hiring various other means to reach the sanctum.

Jammu and Kashmir - The Journey to the Mystical Mountains

  by Afia Ahmad  on Feb 11, 2011
Jammu and Kashmir is the replica of heaven on Earth and is famous all over the world for its ethereal beauty. Enjoy a holiday in Kashmir to experience the best of nature and man made attraction.

Pilgrimage in Kashmir - Amalgam of Faiths

  by Afia Ahmad  on Feb 11, 2011
This article bring forth information on some of the holiest pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir. Plan a pilgrim tours to Kashmir and cleanse your heart and soul by bowing at some of the most revered sites in the country.

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Travelling to Vaishno Devi is a once in a lifetime experience, and tourists and pilgrims alike flock to this temple present in Jammu just to get a glimpse of the goddess. The Vaishno Devi temple is located at a high altitude and tourists have to complete a twelve kilometer (12 km) walk in order to reach the top.

On Foot

The twelve kilometer stretch to the top needs to complete through walk mainly, although other options for transport are available for tourists. These include ponies, palkis and helicopters. You can travel to the top through helicopters too, as this facility is available.


Ponies in Vaishno Devi are many and many tourists opt for pony rides to the top. Pony rides are very cheap, and reaching the abode of Vaishno Devi through ponies can cut down on your travel time too. You can opt for a pony ride for around Rs 100 to 200 per head and complete your pilgrimage in comfort.


Palkis are also available for commute to the top, although these are not much preferred. These are platforms that you can sit on which will be then carried to the top by a group of men. A ride in a Palki will cost you around Rs 200 to 300 provided you bargain well with the carriers.


You can also opt for a helicopter ride, which will cost you around Rs 1500 per trip. This is a fast and easy way to reach the top.
Comments (142) Reviews (6)
He Maa Mujhe Bhi Jaldi Se bula Lo darshan ke liye
Posted by yashwant 2 year, 8 months ago
Jai Mata Di,,,,,,,,
koi bta skta ha k July me ma k darshan krne jate sme upr dhand hoti ha kya
Posted by Raman Bhullar 2 year, 8 months ago
let our prayers stay in our hearts.....mata is not sitting on internet......let's share our experiences & plannings for the yatra
Posted by nity 2 year, 9 months ago
maaa i m comin to jammu....acche se sab ke darshan ho jaye...thnk u hme bulane ke liye maaa
Posted by taran 2 year, 9 months ago
jai mata di .........................
Posted by sandeep mahalwal 2 year, 9 months ago
JAI MATA DI ..... Mata rani humari manokamnaye puri kro maa. hamari family ko complete kr dijiye maa hum apke darshan ko 2013 main aayenge or maa humko aashirwad dena manokamna puri ki or 2015 main apne bate , beti or pati complete family k sath fir se tere darshan ko aao.... Jai Mata Di....
Posted by Deepa Bisht 2 year, 9 months ago
Posted by manisha jethwani 2 year, 9 months ago
maa meri barso ki tamanna puri hone ja rahi ha tere aashirwad se.ab bus tu mujhe mere mann ke sath apne darshan de.tere darshan se meri sari manokamnaye puri ho jayegi.bus tu apna aashirwad hum par banaye rakhna.JAI MATA DI.23 july ko tere charno me aa rahe hum dono. apne aashirwad se hame teen kar dena.JAI MATA DI.
Posted by POONAM 2 year, 9 months ago
Ma muje bhi darsan ka mauka do.... Jai mata di
Posted by Ajeet 2 year, 10 months ago
Jai mata di tere darshan kar ne jarur aana hai hum ko
Posted by Ajit Singh 2 year, 10 months ago

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