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Bhavan, Katra, Jammu and Kashmir 182301
Dedicated to
Devi

Deity Posture

Architecture Style

Creator

Maharaja Gulab Singh

Completed on

1846

About Vaishno Devi, Jammu and Kashmir

 The famous Vaishno Devi Temple located in Katra at the Trikuta Mountains within the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is an important Hindu temple. It is one of the 108 Shakti Peethas dedicated to Mata Durga. The temple, sacred to all Hindus has the most visited devotees, and the number increases during festivals like Navaratri and Diwali.

Vaishno Devi (also known as Mata Rani, Trikuta, Ambe, and Vaishnavi) is a manifestation of the Hindu Mother Goddess, Devi. Mata Vaishnavi was formed from the combined energies of the three goddesses, Kali, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. The three pindies — Mahakali, Mahalaxmi, and Mahasarawati, all images of Vaishno Devi are worshipped at the temple. The feet of the holy idols are washed by the water brought from the perennial flowing river Banganga.

 The Legend

According to the legend, during the Treta Yug, evil forces began to threaten the earth. Mother earth was totally devastated and in order to save herself, Bhumi (mother earth) went to Trimurti for help. While the three goddesses, Saraswati, Laxmi, and Parvati were helpless, they decided to combine their forces and created a goddess named Vaishno Devi. After a number of battles, the goddess successfully defeated the evils and was ordered to stay on earth to protect it.

Years later, Vaishno Devi was reborn into a Brahmin family. Right from her childhood, the goddess was attracted to Bhagwan Vishnu and has decided to marry him. She began to meditate with full devotion in order to please him. One fine day, Bhagwan Vishnu, in the form of Rama, came to her but refused her marriage proposal and told her that he was in search of his lost wife Sita. Seeing his devotee in misery, Rama promised to return one day and if she recognizes him, he will get married to her. Years after, Rama came there as an old man, but she couldn’t recognize him. As a result, Rama again promised to marry her as Kalki.

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The story of Vaishno Devi and  Bhairon Nath and the appearance of Mata Vaishno

A famous Hindu tantric, Bhairon Nath, fell madly in love with the human manifestation of Vaishno Devi,i.e, Vaishnavi, daughter of a Brahmin family. In order to escape him, she fled to Trikuta hills. Tired of his endless chasing and disturbances, she took the form of Chamundi and beheaded him in a cave where she stayed for nine long months and was referred to as her home. His head landed up the mountain where Bhairon Nath temple is located now and the body was held at the entrance of the cave. As Bhairon Nath was full of remorse and sorry for his deeds, the goddess granted him salvation laid down that the pilgrims’ darshan will not turn out to be fruitful and would remain incomplete unless they have a darshan of his head.

Mata Vaishno manifested into 3 small rocks (pindikas) later on and is there till date. Shri Dhar was the first person to began worshipping the pindikas at the cave, and his descendants have continued to do so even today.

How to reach Vaishno Devi, Jammu and Kashmir?

By Train: Udhampur railway station is the nearest railway station to Katra. Also, Jammu Tawi railway station is the largest railhead in Jammu and Kashmir territory and is connected to major Indian cities. Cabs and taxis can be availed from both the stations.
By Air: The Jammu airport located at a distance of 50 kilometres is nearest to Katra and is well-connected to the major airports of India. One can easily get a cab or regular taxis from Jammu airport to Katra.
By Bus: Jammu and Kashmir state road transportation corporation buses operate at regular intervals for passengers to and from Jammu to Katra. Air conditioned private deluxe buses and taxis are also available.

Vaishno Devi, Jammu and Kashmir Timings

Morning: 5 am to 12 pm

Evening:  4 pm to 9 pm

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