Vaishno Devi temple is located in Trikuta Mountains of Jammu and Kashmir. The temple houses the idol of Goddess Durga, the Mother Goddess. The Holy shrine is situated at an altitude of 5200 feet interior to the cave.
Goddess Vaishno Devi expressed Her desire on knowledge right from Her childhood. Finally She came to realize that no amount of learning and teaching could satisfy Her hunger towards Knowledge. And in search, She completely immersed into meditation, which could help Her to attain Her objective. Vaishnavi got away from all Her worldly comforts and went to the forest for a deep meditation.
The other mountain close to the Trikuta Mountain is believed to protect the holy shrine of Mother goddess, signifying the Pancha Pandavas in five stone structures.
Fortes of Vaishno Devi temple
Vaishno Devi temple is revered as one of the 108 Shakti Peetha temples and the main deity of Vaishno Devi temple is Vaishno Devi (Goddess Durga), who is called by the names ‘Mata Rani’ and ‘Vaishnavi’. Vaishno Devi temple is considered as the holiest of all the 108 Shakti Peetha which possess eternal energy by protecting the Mother goddess to the core.
The special feature of Vaishno Devi temple is that Goddess Vaishno Devi is found in three manifestations such as Goddess Mahakali, Goddess Mahalakshmi and Goddess Mahasaraswati. This is the only temple where the Mother Goddess is in three manifestations and possess divine blessings to Her devotees.
- Goddess Mahakali – annihilate the forces of darkness.
- Goddess Mahalakshmi – nourishment, prosperity, and wellbeing.
- Goddess Mahasaraswati – purity and goodness.
The idol of Lord Bhairo Nath is located at the entrance of the temple. There is a presence of Lord Ganesh, Sun god, Moon god and Lord Hanuman is also found on the original tunnel of the holy shrine.
Navaratri Festival – April or October. Navaratri, the “Nine Nights” is celebrated twice in a year at Vaishno Devi temple.
The nearest airport is in Jammu, which is 48 km from Katra. There is a helicopter service that departs from the airport at Sanjhi Chat at Jammu in the morning.
The nearest train station is in Jammu.
There are regular buses leaving for the 52 km trip from the central bus stand in Jammu to where the road ends at Katra (2 hours).