Mata Vaishno Devi Temple, Vaishno Devi

Mata Vaishno Devi Temple

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About Mata Vaishno Devi Temple

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    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 6.00 AM - 8.00 PM , Saturday: 6.00 AM - 8.00 PM , Sunday: 6.00 AM - 8.00 PM , Public Holidays: 6.00 AM - 8.00 PM

Mata Vaishno Devi Temple is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for Hindus, which is positioned at an elevation of 5,200 ft in the Katra district. The shrine is a cave temple, dedicated to Goddess Shakti in the form of three natural rock formations, called the Pindis that represent the three goddesses. These are Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Kali and Goddess Saraswati and are positioned at a distance of 91 ft inside the cave.

The temple is located on Trikuta, a three-peaked mountain that is around 12 km from the base of the mountain. It is believed that the temple is nearly a million year old. The holy cave of Vaishno Devi is 98 ft long and has symbols of various Gods and Goddesses of Hindu mythology.

On the mouth of the cave, there is a rock symbol of Vakratunda Ganesha. Along with the Ganesha symbol, the symbols of Surabaya Dec and Chandler Dec are also carved in the temple.

According to the legend, Bhairav Nath, an evil was beheaded by the Goddess at the entry point to the holy cave. The rock formations along with sites of Dhaka and Laundry Beer are the chief attractions of the cave.


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  • Best Time:  During Sunrise
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
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Aditya Parida

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  • Aditya Parida
  • 1 photo
  • 2 Reviews
  •  47 readers

"Excellent visit to Mata Vaishnu Devi Temple" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I had an opportunity to visit Mata vaishnu Devi temple after 27 years during 26 sep 2016. I could see the overall improvement and good work undertaken by the Shrine Board for the benefit of the yatris. All major portion are covered with nice path and the path is cleaned regularly. Though the battery cars are disturbing yet tolarable. Only disturbances created are by the tractors and mini trucks carrying construction materials, which need to be regulated and shifted to the lean hours as they were driving at a speed not bothering for the yatris.
The weather was nice and cloudy with little rains. The darshan was good and yatris are overall happy. It is a trip to be experienced !!
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Jagdish Raval

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  • Jagdish Raval
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 435 photos
  • 370 Reviews
  •  69 helpful votes
  •  111660 readers

"Temple of Goddess Vaishno Devi"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Mata Vaishno Devi is a well-known Hindu pilgrim centre of India in Jammu and Kashmir. More than 10 million pilgrims visit every year. From base camp at Katara, you have to walk 14 km. One can hire a horse or dolly. One can go by Helicopter also. We went there by Helicopter. We have purchased return ticket Online 1 month ago. We have also hired a Dolly from Helipad to Vaishno Devi Temple which

Distance is almost 4 km. We were so much pleased and feeling blessed by having darshan of Goddess Vaishnavi. There is special VIP line for passenger of Helicopter. A nice and memorable religious Tour with my wife. Do visit once in a life.
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Rajan dus

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  • Rajan dus
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  717 readers

"Holy shrine with all basic amenities"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 17, 2016
Great satisfaction in visiting the holy shrine. Aarti Darshan is a must at least once as it gives peace and time to spend inside the temple complex. Travelling during Sept-Oct and Feb-March is good as less crowded and weather is good. Do not carry heavy baggage as handling it in the climb is difficult. All amenities food, water, etc, are available alongside the entire route from Katra to Bhawan.
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Arunav Singh

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  • Arunav Singh
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 53 photos
  • 40 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  17434 readers

"One of the most holy place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 13, 2016
The journey from Jammu to Katra via the mountainous roads is a treat in itself. The journey to the top takes around 6-7 hours if you go casually walking, pausing on shops, taking some rest ;)

Chant with every random stranger the name of Mata Vaishno Devi and give out jaikara at the top of your voice throughout the route :) Witness the divine power at the temple and be blessed for lifetime. Make sure to Visit Bhairo Baba too though the temple is further up the hill.

Tip: Get a Volini spray and make reservations at Guest Houses beforehand and try not to go during Rainy season to avoid any mishaps during landslides etc.
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Tanvi Gupta

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  • Tanvi Gupta
  • Lives in Noida
  • 65 photos
  • 13 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  3105 readers

"Lovely family time, wonderful pilgrimage"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 6, 2016
There's something mystifying about almost every pilgrimage. They are so remotely located yet the laziest of the people are able to pull in their energies together and visit. I visited the place with my entire family and our group had people from all age groups old, young and kids, but our visit was full of enjoyment.

Please carry as less things as possible. You get lockers only before reaching the main bhawan to deposit everything, so be light on weight at start itself so you can walk the distance easily. Also there are lots of shops lined up on both sides of path until ardh kuwari (mid point of the trek) that also has a canteen serving meals and refreshments for lunch/dinner. Prasad is available before reaching the main bhawan and for a very nominal price, so skip carrying that all along. Strictly no leather is allowed at the bhawan.

Use lots of sunscreen to prevent being tanned. Although the route is well guarded through railings and properly roofed for shade to the tourists, and despite putting a good sunblock and carrying a cool cotton cloth to cover my face, I still got sun tanned badly.

Book a helipad ride in advance online - it's a wonderful experience. Atleast for the way back it also helps to save time and prevents an energy drain. The bookings exhaust quickly and are open 30 days before the date you want to book them for. There's a waiting courtyard at the helipad where you can enjoy good views and also a few Monkey pranks.

Katra is the base station to start the trek to Vaishno Devi. One can reach Katra from Delhi/Chandigarh by road/railway/air. We went through double decker sleeper bus booked through Zimindara travels that departed from Chandigarh at around 10 in the night and we reached Katra next morning around 7 am. Then we booked a hotel to freshen up before starting the trek, had some food at a dhaba - all this in the main katra market. After that we took an auto that dropped us at the start point of the trek, after security checks we started walking until we reached the ardh-kuwari. From there there's a choice of 3 routes - 1 through helicopter, 2 walking/horse-riding that are different based upon difficulty of walking - one allows you to hire horses along with walking, other you need to travel walking only. Battery operated cars also operate from here till main bhawan for senior citizens. Also there are staircase routes in that take you to a higher point quickly but are a little more tiring. We prefered walking. The trek is at quite a height and is a little tiring, but there are views in between that keep you refreshed.

The bhawan is very systematically managed, clean and everyone gets to worship properly through queue systems. The view is spectacular and reaching the main temple is a significant delight after the trek. To add a cherry to the cake try to plan your trek so that you reach around the aarti-time.
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Jack Blaze

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  • Jack Blaze
  • 1 Review
  •  732 readers

"A holiday with God"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 1, 2016
Yeah you read the title right. Once I went there with my buddies, with whom we all go, and it felt like I was travelling to heavens. The best thing that I liked the most was the blessings that I felt in the wind there. I do not have any word to describe it. It was magical. I never have ever felt a vibe like that.
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Girish j Charania

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  • Girish j Charania
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  753 readers

"Very good place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 23, 2016
Must go to see beauty of nature. Helicopter facility is available there and Horses also. Please go and take aashirvaad from mata. You find snow at Nathatop.
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Rahul Gupta

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  • Rahul Gupta
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  824 readers

"Religious place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jan 24, 2016
It was good experience as it was a religious place, I especially liked it very much. We need to travel approx 30 kilometers but the scenery is very good, that you can't even believe on yourself.
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Shiva Goyal

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  • Shiva Goyal
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  4853 readers

"Awesome place with peace"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 8, 2016
You will feel at peace reaching there, it is the best place to visit. It feels like awesome after climbing for 3-6 hrs and reaching at the top. It gives yourself peace in mind. And makes your journey successful.
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Sunita Wadia

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  • Sunita Wadia
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  978 readers

"Soothing and relaxing place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 28, 2015
You got to visit this place once in your lifetime, awesome mountain view while you climb towards the temple. Very soothing and relaxing once you reach top of the mountain.
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