02 Jul 2022
MATA VAISHNO DEVI - A DEVOTIONAL GETAWAY
Posted by: Pallavi Garg

Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrimage is one of the holiest pilgrimages of India. The Holy Shrine resides in the Holy Cave situated in the three-peaked mountain of Trikuta. The unwavering faith of the devotees from both India and abroad keeps the Holy Shrine an attractive religious holiday destination. With the location at an altitude of 5200 feet, the devotees enjoy trekking 12 km from the base camp at Katra.

You can travel using helicopters, ponies, ‘palkis’, ‘pithoos’, or on foot. Moreover, the Vaishno Devi Temple Shrine Board provides numerous facilities like shelter sheds, medical facilities, souvenir shops, and food utilities One interesting fact about this shrine is that there are no idols inside the cave. The devotees seek “Darshans” or blessings from three natural rock formations called the Pindies. Let us find out what more you can look up to when visiting Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine:-

DERA BABA BANDA

This is one of the most visited tourist attractions near Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine. It is named after Baba Banda Bahadur, who was one of the Sikh leaders of Guru Gobind Singh. The dedicated Gurudwara is located 30 km from Katra on the banks of the Chenab River. Most Hindu and Sikh tourists are attracted during the three-day fair at Baisakhi. Visiting this Gurudwara helps visitors attain religious patriotism.

BHAIRANATH TEMPLE

This temple is named after a “Tantrik” named Bhairav Nath who was freed by Mata Vaishno Devi from the cycle of reincarnation. Located at just a 2 km walk from the main shrine, this temple is recommended to be a must-visit place because of its beautiful views and amazing trekking journey. It is also believed that to complete the Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrimage, one needs to pay respects to this temple wholeheartedly.

HOLY CAVE – SHIV KHORI

The Holy Cave is the home to Lord Shiva. It is situated around 70 km from the base camp of Katra. The uniqueness of this cave lies in its shape, which is Lord Shiva’s “Damroo” i.e., wide at the two ends and congested at the center. It is also popular for its natural rock formations of Shiva Lingam. The design pieces of Shiva Lingam resemble Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha, and Nandi. The beautiful snake carvings on the roofs are artistic, and the natural milk dripping from the top of the Shiv-ling symbolizes the eternal nature of the holy river Ganga.

 

With so much to experience and appreciate, Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine should be on the top of your ‘pilgrimage’ bucket list! We offer the best prices for your best experiences! So, don’t hold back. Book an amazing and memorable trip with Travelidea for a devotional getaway. 

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