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“Spiritual Experience”

Vaishno Devi Mandir
Ranked #1 of 43 things to do in Jammu City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Vaishno Devi, also known as Mata Rani, Trikuta and Vaishnavi, is a manifestation of the Hindu Mother Goddess of MahaKali, MahaSaraswati and MahaLakshmi.
Reviewed March 21, 2014

A powerful god, you can only feel the experience when you visit the place! The walk to the temple can be tedious and tiring, but all the same it is completely worth the strain.

2  Thank Sudhanshu R
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

I was meaning to go this temple for more than 10 years, finally when I got the chance I grabbed it. When I read the reviews from other travellers I understood how each one had their challenges. So did I. I travelled from Chandigarh, dint get any tickets to Katra via online as all the portals said its booked and full. Someone helped me get the tickets directly from the bus services. Zimandara travels. After long struggle reached around 7:00 AM, the biggest set back in all the holy places is that things are too commercialised. Sad to see people bugging you as soon as you get out. You have to be very smart and start walking away. Since this was my first trip to Katra I walked on the roads and booked myself in a not so good hotel. Well my ambition was to start my journey ASAP. There are not much boards kept anywhere for directions. One has to very careful. Yatris who wish to travel. Go to their website and register and get a yatra slip. Went to Banuganga , where they do a checking. Since I was single I went in fast and also there were not much people who had booked through online. It took 10 minutes. After that it all started, people literally jumping on you asking if you need a pony. I took a horse to go to Charanpaduga. Unfortunately once again no one knows the significance of this place and people feel its no reason to stop there. There is a big significance for each place. After which I took another pony to Adkuwwari. Pony from Banaganga to Charapaduga- 200, Charanpaduga to Adhkuwari - 200. The guy left me half the way saying this is Adhukuwari, which actually was not. After that I started walking. It was sad that the mountain was not in its natural state as people were throwing thrash in the mountains. It is a sad and disgusting that the abode of a lord was used as a trash, wonder why the management who had lakhs of devotees dint have a proper waste management system. But the journey itself was very amazing. The spectacular view, the pure air, breeze, trees, the birds chirping, every pain was worth this journey. More information boards would have helped. Ladies were allowed in separate queue, so I was lucky to go ahead. There are two entrances, the few second darshan took every pain from my leg. The cave had an amazing vibration. The water which was coming was so pure and the cave had a slight refreshing breeze. After you come out, one has to walk few steps down to visit the shiva caves. Unfortunately not many knew about it, though there were boards kept in Hindi. Magnificent place. Natural water pours above the Lingam and flows through the steps. The water was chill and refreshing. Cave had a mesmerising effect. It had a healing power, which can soothes ones heart. This mountain gives so much to every person who visits here, so lets give back the mountain its natural state by respecting it and keeping it clean and pollution free.

1  Thank Angel_Traveler444
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

An eternal journey of Life Time
Walk through the woods
Abode of Maa Vaishno
Spritual / Pious
Blessed
World away from the world

Thank spritualsolace
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

Most efficiently managed religious place I have seen . The place sees thousands of pilgrims everyday who come to seek blessings of Divine Vaishno mata in the holy cave . The way things have been developed and being maintained in this past few years, is something which deserves praises for the shrine board and the Indian army . The walking path , the steps , the rest areas , all were in great shape .
Only thing which was a disappointment was the helipad both in Katra , and Sanji Chhat . It was totally chaotic , the check in , the weigh in , no place to sit and wait , overcrowded and noisy ,you could barely hear the announcements over the PA system . Maybe it is because of paucity of space . The authorities sould organise check in etc in a separate premise and the passenger enters the helipad only when his/her flight is ready for departure . I think that would make things a little more organized and more efficient .

Thank harshdawer
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

Wow, a must pilgrimage to the Jai Mata Di Vaishno Devi.
An amazing journey with just an eye to see.
Sooooo much with so litlle - means a heart to heart.

Thank Gita R
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