Vaishno Devi near Jammu
History of Vaishno Devi near Jammu
There are 51 Shakti Peeth connecting to the 51 alphabets in Sanskrit. In accordance, to the Chandi purana, Vaishno devi is not counted among 52 shakti peethas, this peeth is counted among 64 shakti peetha listed in Devi Bhagwat Purana and 108 Shakti Peethas planned in Chandi Purana. The sources claim that Vardaani Haath of Maa Sati fell here. This place includes three idols of Maha Saraswati, Maha Lakshmi, and Maha Kali, which are all different avatars of Vaishno Devi.
There is also another story of a little girl Vaishnavi, who is considered to be an incarnation of the Mother Goddess and it is believed that when she decided to discard her human avatar in order to partake the face of a rock she engrossed herself into meditation forever. Thus Vaishnavi, in the figure of a five-and-a-half-foot-tall rock with three heads or the Pindies on the top is the eventual target of a devotee. These Pindies compose the Sanctum Sanctorum of the holy cave known as the shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji, which is believed to be the source of all energy, as followed by the Hindus.
How to reach Vaishno Devi near Jammu
The normal procedure to reach the shrine of Vaishno Devi includes a process of obtaining a 'Yatra Parchi' (Journey Slip) for Darshan, from the establishment in Katra, post which the devotees can proceed to the Bhavan. The way to Bhavan is an upward slope and is steep, hence, requires a long walk uphill. There are also provisions of ponies and palanquin, which are available to the pilgrims. One can also opt for the Helicopter service for a large part of the trip. The Trust offers comfortable stay for pilgrims.
There is a tentative plan of Indian Railways to commence rail services up to Katra from March 2014. Talks are in progress with the Government of Jammu and Kashmir to incorporate permit slips for Vaishno Devi Darshan with the train ticket. This will allow the passenger to get permit slips while booking the train ticket.
Accommodation in Katra near Jammu
Thus, your visit to Jammu will be woven with spiritual contentment and inner satisfaction and joy, if you can materialise your plan of visiting this scintillating temple of Vaishno Devi. Your body, heart and soul will be dipped in immense reverence and gratitude, when you complete the “Darshan” of the deity and the almighty “Mata Rani”.