The Vaishnodevi temple in Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most sacred pilgrimage centers in India. Located inside a cave, the temple is dedicated to goddess Vaishnodevi. An estimated 8 million pilgrims visit the temple every year making it the second most visited religious place in India, after Tirumala Venkateswara Temple
Katra the holy shrine is 48km away from Jammu is a small town in the foothills of Trikuta Vaishno Devi Shrine in Katra serves as the base camp to Mata Vaishno Devi devotees. The Trishakti, the three goddesses' Creative Saraswati, Persevered Lakshmi and destructive Kali are one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimages of north India. The holy cave of Vaishno devi shrine is visited by millions of people every year.
Decades ago a man named Sridhar discovered the Cave; he lived in Katra and was a great devotee of Mother Goddess. He was married but with no children and used to worship the little girls. One day Mata appeared in his dreams and revealed to him about the cave abode. Sridhar worshipped the Vaishno Devi shrine at the cave. He was blessed with four sons. Since then his descendants perform the daily ritual as pundits at the holy cave of Vaishno Devi shrine.
It is also believed that the yatra to Vaishno Devi shrine is incomplete unless the devotee visits the Bhairon Ka Mandir which is 2.6km from the main cave temple is a tourist places in Katra. Vaishno Devi hotels helps devotees to see all this places.
Aghar Jitto in Katra
Baba Aghar Jitto and his daughter Bua Gauri's huge statue besides him is a huge attraction for the Visitors. Hotels Katra helps to arrange a vehicle to visit this Folk hero Baba Agar Jitto was a revolutionary who campaigned against feudal system inside the area. Natural spring water flowing next to the Baba Aghar Jitto shrine is said to do miracles to pre-natal women for safe delivery of the baby that must visit tourist places in Katra.
How to reach Vaishno Devi
The sanctum is situated at a height of 5300 feet above sea level on the hills of Trikuta mountain range and is 48 km away from Jammu city.
The idol of the main deity is found in the form of natural Pindies (stone structure), representing Goddess Saraswathi, Kali and Lakshmi. These three structures symbolize the creative, preservative and destructive characters of the Mother. While one takes a journey up the hill to the temple, one can enjoy natural beauty at its best.