Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Vaishno Devi Tour In Jammu


Faith empowers people to conquer the most exorbitant path with a divine energy. One of the most visited pilgrimage place in India, Vaishno Devi witness this energy every year when thousands of faithfuls throng to the temple of Mata (Mother) to get glimpse of her. Vaishno Devi is perhaps the most popular scared destination in India also one of the oldest shrines in India, nestling on top of the Trikuta Hills of the Shivalik Hill range at an elevation of 1,700 mt.
Vaishno Devi is located at a distance of 61 kms from Jammu. This is a long but amazingly narrow cave around 30 meter long but just 1and half meter high. The sacred cave shrine is consecrated to three form ‘Shakti’ (mother goddess) – Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati. Walk through ice-cold waters, through a narrow dark path, visitors have to reach the shrine. The whole journey is full of joy and air is filled up with unlimited enthusiasm as people scream ‘Jai mata Di’ while people jaunting through the holy path. Acorrding to Hindu mythology, mother goddess enshrouded herleself in the cave while escaping a devil and finally the demon was killed by goddess in the cave itself.

The shrine of Vaishno Devi is approached through katra, which lies 13 km from the shrine and is the base for the pilgrimage. It is quite a long journey with lots of fervor in the air. Pilgrims trek 14 km to Banganga and halt for a while and then again travel six km to another cave shrine of Ardhkunwari, where it is said mother goddess meditated for nine months. The penultimate halt is the Bhawan where people rest for a long time, washing, accomodation and depositing their belongings and other important works. Vaishno Devi is the place where it is believed that pilgrims prayers will get answers. If anyone planning to visit the religious destinations in India, Vaishno Devi is must see.

Other Attractions

Raghunath Temple- The temple is dedicated to Lord Ram and located in the heart of city. It is also a major attraction of Jammu and if you get time don’t forget to visit the place once.
Amarmahal - In the midst of beautiful valley of Jammu, this magnificent palace (mahal) made up of red sandstone stand alone in a full grandeur. From this place you will witness some amazing picturesque locations of Shiwalik hills and calm river Tawi flows down below.

Bahufort - The oldest fort in the city is located 5 km away from the Jammu. It was constructed 3000 years ago and a shrine dedicated to ‘Kali Mata’. Behind Bahu Fort, not so dense city forest surrounds one of the sacred Maha Maya temple. An excellent spot of picnic goers.

Mansar Lake – Guarded by lush green forest hills, Mansar Lake is a popular destinations for families. Boating facilities are available and every year in the month of March -April government have organized a food and craft festival here.

Sanasar – This is a cup shaped meadow fenced by large conifers. A good place for a holiday is now also a big attraction for golf lovers as there has been a big golf has been devloped here.
Some Important Suggestions

Before proceeding to journey make sure to take a yatra slip from the yatra registration counter, this slip will be issued free of cost near the Katra bus stand.
• Maintain the holiness of the journey by avoiding loud dresses, and offensive gesture or talk. Remember it is not a picnic so maintain the decorum of this sacred journey.
• At Bhawan obtain a slip to get your group number. You have to stand in the queue and maintain the discipline.
• While trekking maintain a steady pace with fellow pilgrims.
• For any kind of assistance contact the shrine board. They will there to help you out.
• Drinking is not permitted.
• Open your shoes while entering the cave.
• Photography is strictly prohibited inside the cave.

How To Reach Vaishno Devi

Trip To Vaishno Devi
By Air – Jammu is the nearest airport. Well connected with Delhi and other parts of India.
By Train – Jammu railway station is well connected to most of the important citites of Indai. Such as Kolkata, Delhi and Kanyakumari.
By Road – From Delhi you can take a bus from Interstate Bus Terminal to reach Jammu. Also you can take taxis or private car to reach Jammu.

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