Jewel of Jammu: Vaishno Devi Temple

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Devoted to The Almighty ‘Mata Rani’ or ‘Ma Vaishnavi’, Vaishno Devi Temple is located near the town of Katra at the trikuta mountains in Jammu and Kashmir. This divine temple is the second most visited pilgrimage by the Hindu devotees. They are also accompanied by various people reaching from worldwide. It is believed that ‘Ma Vaishnavi’, is a personification of collective Shakti of Goddess Saraswati, Goddess Laxmi and Goddess Kali. Devotees usually visit Bhairon Temple dedicated to supremely powerful ‘Lord Shiva’, located 1.5km from Vaishnavi Devi Temple.


She is also known as ‘Moonh Maangi Muradein Poori Karne Wali Mata’ which means ‘Mother Who Fulfils Whatever Her Children Wish For’. The spiritual scene surrounding with the freshness of mountains is surreal and unexceptional for the devotees. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board is governing and managing the temple since 1986. Their main aim is to make the yatra suitable and convenient for the people, by undertaking a number of developmental activities and providing Vaishno Devi Prasad.


The Aarti of Goddess Vaishnavi Devi is performed twice a day: First, before the sunrise and Second, after the sunset. Vaishno Devi Temple Prasad normally includes Panch Bhog Prasad, Mata Ka Sikka, Mata Pindi Darshan Photo and much more depending upon the season.

Devotees or yatris prefer to take a trek to commute till the temple’s inside Sanctum Sanctorum- Holy Cave. Dedication of the devotees can be understood from the fact that no idols or statues are located inside the cave, to be worshiped.


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