Vaishno Devi Temple

About The Temple

Brief Introduction Of Vaishno Devi Temple

Hindus try to pay their visit to the temple of Vaishno Devi once in their lifetime located at the Trikuta Mountain in Jammu and Kashmir. This temple is also known as the shrine of Mata Rani. It is hard to tell when the temple of Vaishno Devi came into existence though the worship of female deities started during Puranic Era.

Cultural, spiritual and religious significance:

When you pay your visit to Vaishno devi temple Katra, you will get enthralled by the scenic beauty from Sheshnag to Panjtarni. Pilgrims visit the temple of Mata Rani as they believed the deity fulfills the wish of pilgrims. The temple of Vaishno Devi is dedicated to Shakti. The belief that the deity removes all worries of her children is drawing millions of devotees to the temple every year. It is believed that this shrine is holiest among all Shaktipeeths. It is believed that a devotee can only visit the temple when the Mata calls devotees.

About the deity:

The temple is dedicated to Mata Vaishno devi, who is an incarnation of Mata Maha Lakshmi, Mata Maha Kali and Mata Maha Saraswati. Mata Rani in her tender age acquired vast spiritual knowledge and became an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. Mata Vaishno Devi was called Vaishanavi by parents after years of meditation in cave transformed into an eight armed beautiful lady and was positioned on a lion after beheading Bhairavnath. Pandit Sridhar, staunch devotee of Shakti played a key role in popularizing Vaishno Mata.

Description of the deity:

Mata Vaishno Devi is located in the center between other two deities and is yellowish-red in color. In the cave Vaishno Mata appears in the form of natural rock and is termed as Holy Pindi of Vaishno Mata. She is considered the main source of prosperity, wealth and material gains. Prosperity and wealth are generally represented by golden color, so it is associated with Vaishno Mata. The deity represents Raja Guna- that is the quality of effort and inspiration.

Other deities inside the cave

Apart from the Holy Pindi of Vaishno Mata, present the Holy Pindi of Mata Maha Kali on the right side of the deity and on the left is present Mata Maha Saraswati. Symbol of Vakra Tund Ganesh, Surya and Chandra are also present inside the holy cave.

Rituals followed in the temple:

The “Aarti” of the deity is usually done twice a day, once before the sunrise and the second is just immediately after the sunset. The priests performed the “Aarti” first before the Holy Pindis and then outside the cave. Before the “Aarti” is performed, the priest does self-purification. The deity is then bathed in water, ghee, milk, sugar and honey. After that the deity is made to wear saree, chuni and chola along with the ornaments. Various mantras are chanted during the whole process. Then prasad is offered to the deity. After that priest starts the “Aarti” lighting the lamp. During “Aarti” devotes are not allowed inside the cave. After the “Aarti’, priests distribute the Vaishno devi temple Prasad to the devotees.

Special celebration in the temple:

It is said that every individual must pay a visit at least once in their lifetime to the temple of Vaishno Mata. You can visit thought out the year but mostly it is preferred if the devotees visit the temple during the summer months, that is, May, June and July. During the Navraatri and festival of Chaitra devotees must pay their visit to the temple of Mata Rani to seek her blessings. Visiting the temple during New Year is also considered to be auspicious.

As the winter months are extremely chilly, you must take adequate winter garments with you during the Yatra so that you do not fall ill while visiting the temple. Special pujas are offered to the deity during Naavratri. People from all over the country visits the temple on this special occasion and offers Vaishno devi temple puja . The temple receives massive rush throughout the year but during Naavratri it reaches the highest point.

Pilgrimage value of the temple:

People go for Vaishno devi temple darshan throughout the year as it is believed the deity fulfills all desires of her devotees. When you plan to visit the temple, you are assured that Mata will shower all her love on you and will make you prosperous and wealthy.

How To Reach

If you have made up your mind that you will pay your visit to the temple on the coming Naavratri, then look for the Vaishno devi temple timings on the internet before you book your ticket. You can reach the temple by using air, rail and road transports.

  • By Air: The nearest airport is the Jammu airport, which is 50kms from Katra. Jammu is well-connected with the prominent airports of the country. From Jammu you can take cab to reach Katra, regular cab services is available.
  • By Rail: Udhampur Railway Station is the nearest railway station. You can avail taxi from the station to Katra, it is the base camp.
  • By Road: Jammu is well connected by road with other parts of the country. State Transport Corporation buses operate regularly from Jammu to Kashmir. You will get air conditioned deluxe buses from Jammu to Katra and will get taxis to reach the base camp that is Katra. If you want to travel privately, then availing cab will be best option for you. If you reside in North India, then you will get innumerable buses to reach Jammu/Katra.

So reach the temple of Vaishno Mata by using any one of the mode of transportation.

 

Nearby Attractions

There are many places to visit after you are done with visiting Vaishno Devi temple. Make sure to purchase Vaishno devi temple images as memento for your loved ones when you return.

  • Devi Mai temple: This is one of the places you can visit, located on the Jammu-Katra road. Many devotees visit this temple and offer puja.
  • Holy Cave Of Shiv Khori: Your visit to the temple of Vaishno Mata will be complete when you will visit Shiv Khori, a holy cave of 200 meters long. The main attraction of the cave is the naturally formed Shiva Lingam of four feet height.
  • Shrine of Dera Baba Banda: Visit the holy shrine of Dera Baba Banda. It is a major pilgrimage center of Hindu-Sikh.
  • Temple of Baba Dhansar: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located 15kms from Katra.
  • Raghunath Mandir: This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama and is situated on the bank of River Tawi.
  • Patni top: You will get enthralled by the beauty of this place. It is a famous hill resort, located 112 kms from Jammu. The place is enclosed by thickly wooded forest. During winter, the resort is covered with thick blanket of snow. If you visit during January, you will be able to ski if you are an adventurous person.
  • Sanasar: After visiting Patnitop, make sure to visit this. It is a cup shaped meadow enveloped by gigantic conifers.

History Of Temple

Historical evidence of the temple:

It is believed that the temple of Vaishno Devi is the holiest of all Shaktipeeths, because the skull of Mata Sati fell here. A myth is attached with the Holy cave of Vaishno Mata that stone remains of a human hand, known as “Varad Hast” was found here. According to myth, Vaishno Mata was born to Ratnakar Sagar. Before the night of her birth, Ratnakar promised he will never interfere in any of the decision that his child will take after growing up. Vaishno Mata is the incarnation of Mata Maha Kali, Mata Maha SAraswati and Mata Maha Lakshmi. The God created them to protect Dharma against evil power and for rekindling the spirit of religion. Ratnakar Sagar named her as Trikuta but later on she was named Vaishnavi as she was born from the lineage of Lord Vishnu.

She gathered vast spiritual knowledge at an early age. Vaishno Mata was a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu. Trikuta or Vaishanvi took permission from her father for meditaion on the seashore. She started praying to Lord Vishnu. While she was meditating, Lord Rama arrives on the sea-shore in search of Sita. Lord Rama’s eye fell on the beautiful girl on the seashore and enquired her the reason of her meditation. Trikuta replied that she had accepted him as her husband in her mind. On hearing this Lord Rama said that he will be born as Kalki Avatar in Kalyug and then he will marry her. He told Trikuta to meditate on the Trikut range of Manik Mountains and gave her the boon that she will become immortal and will be known as “Vaishno Devi”.

Vaishnavi was immensely disturbed by Bhaironath during her meditation. So she beheaded him one day in front of the cave where she was mediating. Pandit Sridhar, staunch devotee of Shakti, saw Vaishno devi in his dream and went in the forest where she was meditating. Pandit Sridhar was astounded seeing the Mata Rani sitting on a back of a Tiger with eight arms. This way the holy cave became popular across the country. This is the Vaishno devi temple history and hope it will drag you to the temple.