Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Temple

Devi (Amman) Temple

 

Overview

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Temple is located in Katra at the Trikuta Mountains within the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.Vaishno Devi Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated  to Goddess Shakti. Shri Maa Vaishno Devi Shrine is one of the oldest shrine 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 and 35 Kms from District HQ Udhampur and is linked by road. The Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine is one 24 hrs Customer Supportof the most popular Shrines of India. 
 
 A geological study of the Holy Cave has indicated its age to be nearly a million years. Vedic literature gives no reference to the worship of any female deity, although the mountain Trikuta does find its mention in Rigveda, the oldest of the four Vedas The practice of worshipping Shakti, largely started in the Puranic period.
 
The first mention of the Mother Goddess is in the epic Mahabharat. When the armies of Pandavs and Kaurvas were arrayed in the battlefield of Kurukshetra, Arjun, the chief warrior of Pandavs upon advice of Sri Krishna; meditated upon the Mother Goddess and sought Her blessings for victory. This is when Arjun addresses the Mother Goddess as ‘Jambookatak Chityaishu Nityam Sannihitalaye’, which means ‘you who always dwell in the temple on the slope of the mountain in Jamboo’. It is also generally believed that the Pandavs were the first to build the temples at Kol Kandoli and Bhawan in reverence and gratitude for the Mother Goddess. On a mountain, just adjacent to the Trikuta Mountain and overlooking the Holy Cave are five stone structures, which are believed to be the rock symbols of the five Pandavs. Perhaps the oldest reference of the visit of a historical figure to the Holy Cave is that of Guru Gobind Singh who is said to have gone there via Purmandal. The old foot track to the Holy Cave passed through this well-known pilgrimage centre. 
 
Entering the Cave he found a rock form with three heads atop it. At that moment Mata Vaishno Devi appeared before him in all her glory and introduced him to the three heads of the rock form along with various other identification marks in the Holy Cave. She blessed him with a boon of four sons and a right to worship her manifestation and asked him to spread the glory of the Holy Shrine all over. Pandit Shridhar then spent his remaining life in the service of Mata at the Holy Cave.
 
People who visit the shrine constitute a heterogeneous profile comprising of wealthy & poor, aged & young, males & females from within and outside the country. The Shrine of goddess 'Vaishno Devi' is reached by an arduous climb. The scenic beauty, the landscape around and the constant chanting of 'Jai Mata Di', leaves a mystic effect on the devotees. At the culmination of their pilgrimage the devotees are blessed with the 'Darshans' of the deity in her three manifestations as three Pindies, located inside the sanctum- sanatorium, which is open for the devotees through out the year in all seasons. 
 
Important Festivals: Navratri, Durga Puja
 
Temple Timing: 5:00 am to12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
 
How to Reach,
Road Way:  Katra is located at a distance of 50 km from Jammu city. Several luxury bus operators run regular buses between Jammu and Katra. Private taxi facilities are also available for the devotees at a reasonable cost. These can be hired outside the Jammu Railway Station or the Airport. Just 12 km from Katra, the shrine is a steep uphill climb. Follow the signages and you will reach the shrine without any hassle. You could also go by horse, palki or even the helicopter service running between Katra and the Shrine.
 
Nearest Railway Station: Jammu Tawi Train Station
 
Nearest Airport:  Jammu  Airport.

Location

Country
India
State
Jammu & Kashmir
City
Udhampur
Location
Katra (Udhampur)
Address
Vaishno Devi Temple, Katra, Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir 182301
Contact Info
Phone: 01991 232 238
Mobile :
Fax :
Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Katra
Nearest Railway Station
Jammu Tawi (JAT)
Nearest Airport
Jammu Airport
IN
latitude : 32.689098360 longitude :74.837402340
Corporation : Jammu
GPS Code : VIJU
Height
5300 feet
Architect
Cave Temple
Visiting Hours
5:00 am to12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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