Vaishno Devi Temple and Places To Visit
There are many theories and many discussions on how this world was started and from where the seed of life was germinated. There are many theories and many opinions but the answer to all theories is one and the answer is power. The power which gives birth to life, which nourishes it and which destroy it and in Hindu mythology this power is called “Shakti”.
Many mythologists believes that Goddess Shakti is the source of life and maybe this is one of the many reasons that people of different country and beliefs worship women as an Goddess Shakti, the one who is the alpha and the omega.
In this article we are going to discuss about the Goddess and her temple of Vaishno Devi that has opened new doors of belief, faith and devotion. Situated on the Trikuta hills in Jammu region of Jammu Kashmir, the temple holds a significant position in India tourism. Lots of National and International travellers visit this temple and seek blessings of Goddess Vaishno.
It is believed that Goddess Vaishno, who is also known as Mata Rani, is the source of all the energies in this cosmos. Lets’ proceed and start with our tour to Vaishno Devi and discuss about the best places to visit near Vaishno Devi temple.
Vaishno Devi Temple
The temple is located in Katra town of Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir, the north Indian state. The temple is lying on the Trikuta Hill. To reach the temple, the pilgrims must cross the trekking destination under which they have to walk around 13 km uphill to reach the shrine. The shrine is a little cave which is also called the Garbh Grah and is believed to be one of the 108 shaktipeetha.
When you reach the Garbh Grah you will see the cave comprises of three holy pindis (stone representation) each pindi signifies each form of energy, that Satva, Tama and Raja guna (energy) each pindi signifies one Goddess, Mata Sarasvati, Mata Mahakali and Mata Mahalaxmi respectively.
The trek to the shrine is quite enjoyable filled with various shops and one will just get lots in the divine hails of “Jai Mata Di”. For kids and old age people, ponies and palanquins are available to take them to the top. In all it’s a great place to visit once in your life.
Ardh Kuwari Cave
To reach the divine shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi, you have to take the route from Ardh Kuwari Cave. It is believed that Mata Vaishno Devi has taken rest here for 9 months before she took Bhawan as her adobe. It is a kind of stopover for pilgrims to reach Bhawan.
People have to crawl on their kneed to reach the other side of the cave. At the other side of the cave you will see a large shrine, the garbhgrah of Goddess Saraswati, Maha-Laxmi and Maha-Kaali.
Baba Bhairav Nath Temple
It is believed that the journey to Mata Vaishno Devi temple remains incomplete without visiting Bhairavnath Temple. The temple is dedicated to a saint by the same name. From the Bhawan of Goddess Vaishno Devi, the temple of Bhairavnath is approximately 2 km away. One can cherish the picturesque view of the mountains and the natural beauty of the nearby area. If you wish you can also take ponies to climb on the steep stairs.
Bahu Fort – Katra
One of the finest forts which are located in Jammu city in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Bahu Fort was built by the earlier ruler of Sikh Empire by Raja Gulab Singh in the 19th Century. The monument is treated as religious place as it consist of a temple which is dedicated to Hindu Goddess Kali. All locals denote this temple as Bave Kali Mata Temple. When you would be on your Vaishno Devi tour, do not forget to visit this fort. Travellers here can also feed monkeys with sweets and grams and other things.
Bagh – E – Bahu
It is one of the beautiful garden and a tourist spot near Mata Vaishno Devi Temple. The garden is filled with series of beautiful flowers and small fountains in it. The walking path in the garden is ornamented with beautiful plants on both the sides. Located on the bank of Tawi River, the garden is wrapped around with the beautiful scenic beauty and is featured as the best destination to spend time with family and friends. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the garden is one of the prominent places where you can visit under India tourism.
The other important place where you can visit during your holidays in India is the Ranbireshwar temple. It is located on the Shalimar road and the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is listed as the oldest Jammu temple which was built in 1883 by Maharaja Ranbir Singh and later named after him.
The major attraction of this temple is idol of Lord Shiva along with his Shivlinga. This Shivlinga is 8 feet tall and is built with single black stone. Built by Dogra Dynasty, this is the biggest Shivlinga in North India. Along with the major Shivlinga, the temple is also compact with 12 more Shivlinga which are made up of crystal each size about 18 inches high and 12 inches wide. If you visit this temple during the time of Mahashivratri you will notice and be a part of the grand and magnum-opus festival of Mahashivratri.
Along with all these places, which are believed to be some of the most amazing destinations that one can visit near Vaishno Devi temple, you can also take a visit to some other places like Sanasar Lake, Mahamaya Temple, Dera Baba Banda and Agar Jitoo. All these places are as charming and spectacular as any other place and will successfully make your India tour packages filled with unforgettable memories.