The story and the glory of the Maa Vaishnodevi Temple is believed to have been built about 700 years ago by the Pandit Sridhar, a Brahmin priest who built the Maa Vaishnodevi Temple. He had true devotion to the mother while he was poor. His dream was to one day have a bhandara (food supply for a group of individuals), an auspicious day was fixed for the bhandara dedicated to Maa Vaishnodevi and Sridhar invited all the villagers around to receive the prasad.
On the Bhandare day, Shridhar again requested everyone to go to the house in turn so that they would get the cooking material and he could cook and feed the guests on the Bhandare day. The number of people who helped her was not enough as the guests were very few.
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As the day of the store was getting closer, the troubles of Pandit Sridhar were also increasing. He was wondering how Bhandara would be with such a small baggage. The day before Bhandare, Sridhar was not able to sleep even for a moment, wondering how he would be able to provide food to the guests, there was such a problem with so little material and so little space. SHRI MATA VAISHNO DEVI.
Sridhar opened his eyes and thought how to feed them all, then he saw a little girl coming out of the hut named Vaishnavi. She came by the grace of God, she was serving delicious food to all, Bhandara was very well endowed.
After Bhandare, Sridhar was anxious to learn about the little girl Vaishnavi, but Vaishnavi disappeared and no one saw her after that. After many days, Sridhar had a dream of that little girl, it became clear that she was mother Vaishnodevi. The girl, who came in the form of Mata Rani, told him about the sensation cave and blessed her with a boon of four sons.
Sridhar once again became happy and set out in search of the mother’s cave, when he found the cave, he decided that he would serve the mother all his life. Soon the holy cave became famous and devotees started flocking in the herd to show their faith to the mother. Today it is the infinitely energetic center of Mother Rani as Vaishnodevi. Devotees from all over the world come to this temple of Vaishnodevi and take advantage of their philosophy.
What is Recognition: –
Lord Hanuman guarded the mother outside this cave. There is also the step paduka of the mother near Ardhquari. This is the place where Mata turned around and saw Bhairavnath. SHRI MATA VAISHNO DEVI.
It is said that Hanumanji was with mother Vaishno Devi to protect her mother. When Hanuman ji felt thirsty, at his insistence, Mata drove an arrow out of the mountain with a bow and drained the stream and washed her hair in that water. Today this sacred water stream is known as ‘Banganga’, whose drinking of holy water or bathing with it removes all the problems of the devotees.
The place where Maa Vaishno Devi killed the stubborn Bhairavnath is today famous as ‘Bhavan’ in the whole world. At this place Maa Kali (right), Maa Saraswati (middle) and Maa Lakshmi Pindi (left) are seated in the cave, whose mere pains remove all the sufferings of the devotees.
After killing Bhairavnath, the place where his head fell 8 km away from the building, today the place is known as ‘Temple of Bhaironath’. It is said that after his slaughter, Bhairavnath repented of his mistake and begged for forgiveness from his mother. Mother Vaishno Devi gave a boon to Bhairavnath and said that my darshan will not be considered complete, unless a devotee will visit you after me.
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Fair takes place in Navratri:
In the court of Mother Vaishno Devi, lakhs of devotees come daily during the nine days of Navratri. This year too, more than 50,000 devotees are reaching Katra every day to visit Maa Vaishno during Navratri. SHRI MATA VAISHNO DEVI.
Nearby places of interest: –
There are many scenic spots and hill stations near Katra and Jammu, where you can enjoy the cool Hissan plains of Jammu. Amar Mahal, Bahu Fort, Mansar Lake, Raghunath Temple etc. are the places to see in Jammu. ‘Patni Top’ is a famous hill station at a distance of about 112 km from Jammu. You can also enjoy snow fall here in winter. Near to Katra, there are many scenic places like Shiv Khori, Jhajjar Kotli, Sanasar, Baba Dhansar, Mantalai, Kud, Batot etc.
When should we go to Vaishno Devi?
Although Vaishno Devi’s yatra is open throughout the year and can be visited anytime here but due to the peak season between summer May to June and Navratri (March to April and September to October), there is a huge crowd of devotees. Apart from this, one should avoid traveling in the rainy season in July-August as slippery on the itinerary makes it difficult to climb. Apart from this, it is extremely cold from December to January.
How to reach Vaishno Devi?
Ranibagh Airport of Jammu is the nearest airport to Vaishno Devi. Katra, the base camp of Vaishno Devi can be reached by road from Jammu, which is about 50 kilometers. Bus and taxi service is easily available from Jammu to Katra.
The nearest railway stations are Jammu and Katra. Jammu is connected to major cities across the country via rail route. Apart from this, Katra, the base camp of Vaishno Devi has also become a railway station. Sri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra railway station is located on the Jammu-Udhampur rail route, which was started in the year 2014. Apart from Delhi, many other cities also have direct trains to here. If you want, you can come directly to Katra by train and then you can start the trek from here to Mata’s court.
Jammu is also connected to various parts of the country via road and Katra can be reached by road via Jammu and then climbing the hills of Trikuta.
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