“Chalo bulawa aya hai, Mata ne bulaya hai”
The above chant which is in Hindi must be heard by the young, the old, the poor, the rich. It’s a call that grant many aged their only chance for which they had been waiting, a call to undertake the pain both physically as well as spiritually and set on the journey to the holiest of holy shrines – Mata Vaishno Devi shrine. The popular belief states that only when you hear the call of Mata Vaishno Devi (as in an epiphany) only then will you be able to make the arduous trek to the holy shrine.
The yatra to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine is one of the holiest and the most arduous pilgrimages for Hindus all over the world. Situated at an altitude of 35,000 feet and 14 kilometres from Katra, Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine is not an easy one as the hills are steep and requires a lot of stamina and fitness. Instilled with a belief that Mata Vaishno Devi grants wishes to those who seek her blessings, from newlyweds to old couples, everyone undertakes this yatra.
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- Free Food Bhandars
free food bhandar set up at various checkpoints en route to Vaishno Devi. Hot and fresh free food sre provide to Pilgrims at these checkpoints.
- Dispensaries and Chemist Shops
Dispensaries and chemist shops at various points on the trek to Vaishno Devi with doctors and medical aid available 24x7.
- Free Accommodation
Rented as well as free accommodation at Katra and and on the trek are available for the Pilgrims.
During the religious festival of Navratras, an uncountable size of Pilgrims come to visit. As a result, there are long queues of devotees leading to the shrine and many a times people reach the main temple in hours.
- Locker Facility
Owing to the huge number of pilgrims, storage locker facilities sometimes might not be available to everyone.
Places to visit at Vaishno Devi
1.Holy Cave Shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi
2.Deva Mai Temple
3.Holy Cave of Shiv Khori
4.Shrine of Dera Baba Banda
6.Temple of Baba Dhansar
Best Time to Visit Vaishno Devi
Though pilgrims visit Vaishno Devi throughout the year, but the best time to undertake the journey is between the months of March and October. A lot of pilgrims visit Vaishno Devi between these months as the weather is cool and pleasant, but maximum visitors plan their trip during the Navratras.
During the winters from November to February, the temperature reaches sub-zero levels and is recommendedonly for people who arephysically fit to visit at that time. The upside is that this is the time when the skies open up and Katra and the surrounding areas are cloaked in snow.