Mata Vaishno Devi, Katra

Mata Vaishno Devi

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About Mata Vaishno Devi

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Mata Vaishno Devi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess and is popularly known as Mata Rani and Vaishnavi. The Holy Cave of Mata Vaishno Devi is located at an altitude of 5,200 ft in the Trikuta Hills, which is known as the Bhawan. Tourists have to trek for 12 km from the base camp of Katra to reach the holy cave, which is about 98 ft long. This steep climb can either be covered by foot or ponies or by palanquins.

The Darshan of Mata Rani is open throughout the year. The deity is in the shape of three natural rock form known as Pindies. Maha Kali, Maha Laxmi and Maha Saraswati constitute the holy Pindies.

The cave does not have any idols, pictures and statues inside. It is believed that the cave presents with darshan of about 330 million Hindu Gods and Goddesses, who are said to have worshipped Mata Rani. Moreover, it is believed that during pujan and aarti, all the Gods and Goddesses arrive to pay their respect to the Mother.

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
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103 traveller reviews for Mata Vaishno Devi

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Sunder acharya

  • Tourist
  • Sunder acharya
  • 4 Reviews
  •  69 readers

"Spiritual experience" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We recently visited Vaishno Devi Shrine. It was a very good experience for us. The shrine was very clean and well maintained and excellent support in all kinds.

We stayed at the IRCTC guest house which was very ideal for us. Due to bad weather we did not get helicopter ride uphill but still we visited the shrine on horses and had a very fulfilling experience.
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Swateek Jena

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  • Swateek Jena
  • Lives in Bengalooru
  • 10 photos
  • 17 Reviews
  •  17 helpful votes
  •  6828 readers

"Nice place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The only reason why you might want to visit Katra. The Shrine Board has made good arrangements of food and shelter along the way so that devotees don't face any trouble through their journey.
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Siddharth Arora

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  • Siddharth Arora
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
  •  63 helpful votes
  •  4429 readers

"A Perfect Place for devotees of Mata Vaishno Devi"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Go there to get calmness and peace in hills of Maa Vaishno Devi. When you start your journey by foot, you will come to know that what did you do wrong and right in your life and what should you do next to get blessings of Maa Vaishno Devi as you get enough time to rate your activities done in past and you meet yourself. But you will have to be honest with yourself.
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Bachhraj surana

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  • Bachhraj surana
  • 1 Review
  •  404 readers

"Nice Visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jun 6, 2016
Best place to visit. Enjoyed a lot with family. Everything is available on the way for food and drink. Battery car is also good option for senior citizen for up-down from bhavan.
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Subrata Paul

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  • Subrata Paul
  • Lives in Barasat
  • 4 Reviews
  •  2431 readers

"A holy place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 22, 2016
First time I came to this temple in May 2007. I trust that some hidden power is situated in side of this temple. Goddess Maa Vaishno Devi has fulfilled my wish. I must come again when my son will be 12 years, to get blessing of Maa.
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Vikash Thakur

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  • Vikash Thakur
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 photo
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1607 readers

"The overall experience was very good"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 12, 2016
I visited Vaishno Devi with My Relatives. We reached Katra by Bus from Delhi to Katra. In night, after reaching Jammu the bus moves slowly. slowly the temperature of the place started getting down as the bus was moving forward. The mountains were so beautiful when we reached Katra. We booked a Dharamsala there in Katra. The food in katra was okay. Most of hotels have RAJMA. To reach Vaishno Devi we registered yourself for the entrance and after 4-5 hours of continuous travel we reached vaishnodevi. The overall experience was very good and we returned Next day in morning. My legs were paining because of such a long travel. I got foot massage in the market. We enjoyed a lot during our journey.
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Dheleepan G v

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  • Dheleepan G v
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  3808 readers

"Peaceful and splendid temple!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 26, 2016
The visit is absolutely worth every penny spent. Though it involves lot of time to travel and involves tiresome journeys one would love to be there. The temple is so beautiful (Goddess is inside a cave). One has to climb 14 km to reach the temple. If one can't walk he can take a Pony at nominal rates or take an Helicopter (getting ticket is tough). But having a return Helicopter ticket entitles you a VIP darshan. Whatever be the crowd you can complete darshan in one hour max. As it might be cold carry heavy woolens in Winter and light woolens in Summer. Travelling as light as possible is advisable.
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Rahul Choudhary

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  • Rahul Choudhary
  • Lives in Ara
  • 3 Reviews
  •  7399 readers

"An Unforgettable trip"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 29, 2016
Me and my family went there in 2009. It's been 7 years but I still remember everything about that trip. We reached Katra around 10 am and started the journey to Vaishno Devi. Many people with their friends and families were also going. It took us around 7 hours of walking to reach the temple. We were tired but still excited. We finally entered the temple around 7 pm, that moment was best after all those pujas we finally slept for 2-3 hours and then went to Bhairo Baba temple and did all the puja. Then we started to leave and we reached katra around 8 am, had a long sleep in the hotel. It was one of the best trips of my life, unforgettable.
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Aditya Agrawal

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  • Aditya Agrawal
  • Lives in Raigarh
  • 32 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  6293 readers

"Peaceful and calming"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 24, 2016
I have visited Mata Vaishno Devi twice and has done the yatra by walking. However, there are options of Horse and Pithu but whenever it comes to Darshan, doing the same by walking gives the best satisfaction. One can visit anytime of the year and take the blessings of Mata Vaishno Devi.
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Devendra Sharma

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  • Devendra Sharma
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 1 Review
  •  1049 readers

"A wonderful experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 20, 2016
I love the place and their atmosphere. The time we spend together it was just awesome. A very good and beautiful trip. It was tired full but good one for whole family.
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