Vaishno Devi Temple
Vaishno Devi Temple - Dedicated to Goddess Durga
One of the most popular pilgrimage places in India
Vaishno Devi is the second most visited pilgrimage places in India. It is situated at an altitude of 5300 ft above the sea level in the Reasi district in Jammu and Kashmir State of Northern India.
The shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is located in a narrow hilly cave in a part of the lower Himalayas called Tirkuta Hills. The shrine contains images of three deities – Maha Kali, Maha Lakshmi and Maha Saraswati who are all reincarnations of Goddess Durga.
The cave is at a distance of 61 km from Jammu and 14 km from Katra. The Vaishno Devi yatra (journey) begins from Katra, and the way is usually covered on foot by the yatris (devotees), although one can also hire ponies or helicopter from Katra. The main pilgrimage time is from March-April and September-October.
Places of Interest
Other Shrines at Vaishno Devi:
Ban Ganga Temple
Charan Paduka Temple
Sri Ram Temple
The Bhairon Temple
Best Time to visit Vaishno Devi Temple
The best season to visit Vaishno Devi is from March to July. However, the original cave is opened for the devotees only in the winter season, traditional festivals or ritualistic occasions.
How to reach Vaishno Devi Temple
The nearest airport is Jammu airport, which is at a distance of 50 km from Katra. Jammu is well connected with many major airports in the country, including Delhi, Srinagar and Leh. The nearest railway station is also at Jammu.
To see other famous Indian Pilgrimages and Temples, check out: Famous Temples in India.