Vaishno Devi: The Holy Darshan

15th Jun 2014
Photo of Vaishno Devi: The Holy Darshan 1/5 by Mayank Raj
Photo of Vaishno Devi: The Holy Darshan 2/5 by Mayank Raj
Photo of Vaishno Devi: The Holy Darshan 3/5 by Mayank Raj
Maa Vaishno Devi Idol
Photo of Vaishno Devi: The Holy Darshan 4/5 by Mayank Raj
Katra City from Top.
Photo of Vaishno Devi: The Holy Darshan 5/5 by Mayank Raj
Shrine Gate

Describing It

“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

You will like

  • 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.


Be prepared

  • Crowd

    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 

5.Raghunath Mandir

6.Temple of Baba Dhansar

7.Bhairav Ghati 

Best Time to Visit Vaishno Devi

Peak Season

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.

Off Season

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.

One we reached Jammu, after breakfast, we embarked on a road journey to Katra. Katra, lying at the foothills of Trikuta Mountains, is the base camp for pilgrims trekking to Vaishno Devi and Baba Bhairo Nath. As these are some of the most famous shrines in the country, Katra has a thriving tourism industry. Thus, this town is marked by an array of accommodation units, restaurants, fast food eateries and traditional markets. The markets are popular for dry fruits, wooden articles, woollen garments and leather jackets. Upon arrival, checked-in at the hotel The White Hotels and enjoyed the rest of the day in leisure activities. Thereafter, retreated to the hotel and stayed overnight. .After relishing our breakfast, we undertook an excursion to the Vaishno Devi shrine for darshan. The shrine, around 13 km up, has a well-laid path. You can either walk on foot or hire ponies and palkies. Located at a height of 5200 feet, the cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi or Trikuta Bhagwati is surrounded by mountains and lush greenery. Inside the cave shrine are three revered rocks called the Pindies. As per popular beliefs, if anyone comes to this place with a wish, the Mother Goddess fulfills it. This unflinching faith attracts millions of devotees every year and makes this shrine one of the most revered pilgrimage sites in the country. After seeking blessings of Mata Vaishno Devi, returned to Katra in the evening. Enjoyed a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel. After breakfast the following day, we got ourselves transferred to the Jammu Airport for our return journey.
Photo of Vaishno Devi, Katra by Mayank Raj
Photo of Vaishno Devi, Katra by Mayank Raj
Photo of Vaishno Devi, Katra by Mayank Raj