Machail Mata Yatra: Your Guide To The Abode of Durga In The Majestic Paddar Valley of J&K!

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Are you ready to embark on a spiritual adventure that will take you to the divine goddess Durga's abode in the majestic Paddar valley of J&K? If yes, then you can't afford to miss the annual Machail Mata Yatra, a 43-day-long pilgrimage that attracts thousands of devotees from all over India. The Yatra will begin on 25th July 2023 and end on 5th September 2023. Here is everything you need to know about this sacred journey.

How to Reach Machail Mata Temple

The Machail Mata Temple is tucked in a quaint village, 30 km from Gulabgarh, the Yatra's base camp. You can drive to Gulabgarh from Jammu, 280 km away. From there, you can:

1. Hike along a scenic track with views of the valley and the Chenab River.

2. Fly by helicopter from Kishtwar, Gulabgarh, or Machail. Book your tickets online beforehand.

3. Rent a palki or a pony if you can't walk or have any physical issues.

Where to Stay During the Yatra

You don't have to worry about accommodation during the Yatra as plenty of options are available for pilgrims. At Gulabgarh, you can stay at the Yatri Bhawan, which fits up to 2000 people or opt for homestays along the route.

Pilgrims can also bunk at Machail Mata Bhawan, where they can cosy up in a mushroom tent city and snooze under the stars only to wake up to the sounds of bells and godly chants.

Machail Mata Temple - (c) Tribune India

Photo of Machail Mata Yatra: Your Guide To The Abode of Durga In The Majestic Paddar Valley of J&K! by Varsha Banerjee (Crazy Jetsetters)

What Facilities are Available for Pilgrims

The administration and the stakeholders have ensured that pilgrims have a comfortable and safe pilgrimage experience. Some of the facilities available for pilgrims are:

1. Water, electricity, and backup generators

2. Toilet facilities along the route and at the temple

3. 4G mobile connectivity for staying in touch with your loved ones

4. Medical centres at various locations for any health emergencies

5. Official website of Machail Mata Yatra for providing essential information and online registration

Why You Should Visit Machail Mata Temple?

Marooned by picturesque landscapes & rolling hills, the Machail Mata Temple is not only a place of worship but also a place of divine beauty and tranquillity. Every year, on the 24th of August, the temple also hosts a grand festival when a holy mace is brought from Chinote Bhaderwah to Machail. The festival is marked by cultural programs, bhajans, and kirtans.

The Paddar Valley is known for its lush green meadows, snow-kissed mountains, sparkling waterfalls, and rich wildlife. You can also visit nearby attractions like the Chandi Mata Temple, Sapphire Mines, and the Kishtwar National Park.

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and prepare for a journey of faith and beauty that will enrich your soul and fill your heart with joy. Visit the website for more details and online registration.

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