Vaishno Devi Yatra

Vaishno Devi Yatra

It is a beautiful and holy trip of Vaishno Devi in Himaliya near Jammu. 

Legend :- Legend has it that while Vaishnavi was in the forest she encountered Lord Rama, prince of Ayodhya, who was in exile. Recognizing him immediately as an avatar of Lord Vishnu she begged him to merge with her, but Lord Rama, knowing that the time was not ripe promised her that on the completion of his exile he would again pass that way. If she recognized him then he would fulfill her wishes. True to his word he returned in the guise of an old man, but Vaishnavi failed to recognize him. Rama consoled her and advised her to set up an ashram at the base of the Trikuta Hills and continue with her penance.

 Vaishno Vaishnavi – The Manifestation of Goddess Shakti

The temple of Vaishno Devi is dedicated to Vaishnavi, the human manifestation of Goddess Shakti. Within the temple is the deity in the form of a five and half feet tall rock with three Pindies or heads. It is written that the goddess to achieve her destiny of finally merging with Lord Vishnu assumed the form of a human and was born as Vaishnavi, in the household of one Ratnakar. Even as a young girl, Vaishnavi displayed an immense thirst for knowledge that soon out thought her teachers. Soon she started to search within herself for the answers that she couldn’t find elsewhere and learnt the art of meditation. Realizing the importance of Tapasya (meditation) Vaishnavi renounced all worldly comforts and betook herself to the forest to meditate in peace.

 

The Other Pilgrimage Attractions at Vaishno Devi

BAN GANGA TEMPLE

After the goddess left the Bhumika Temple, she went to the Trikuta Hills passing through here. At this time, Langoor Vir (Veer Langur) felt thirsty. The goddess shot an arrow into the stone and a holy river was produced, now known as Ban Ganga. It is called Ban Ganga because the goddess washed her hair at this place. Most pilgrims take bath here. You must show the slip you got near the Bus Stand in Katra to pass this point. Ban Ganga is about 3 km from Katra.

 Charan Paduka Temple

This is where the goddess stopped for some time while Bhairon was chasing her. Her footprints are supposed to be visible on a stone at this place. Charanpaduka means “holy footprints”. It is about 1.5 km from Ban Ganga at 3,380 feet.

Ardh Kuwari

Ardh Kuwari is the halfway point, and some pilgrims stay here for the night. There is a 15-foot-long cave called Garbha Joon where the goddess hid herself for nine months and showed herself to a saint. The cave is narrow, and you have to almost crawl all the way through it. When Bhairon entered the cave, the goddess made a new opening with her trident and ran away. Ardh Kuwari is 4.5 km from Charan Paduka and 4,800 ft above sea level. 

Itinerary

DAY 01: New Delhi – JammuEarly morning departure from New Delhi. Towards Jammu on arrival transfer to Hotel. Breakfast / lunch en route. Dinner at hotel.

DAY 02: Jammu – Full day Jammu Local sight seeing.

DAY 03: Jammu- Srinagar – Early Morning Departure from Jammu. Towards Srinagar on arrival transfer to House Boat. Breakfast / lunch en route. Dinner at hotel.

DAY 04: Srinagar – After breakfast proceed by cars to visit the famous Mughal Gardens “NISHAT BAGH“ and “SHALIMAR BAGH”. Then proceed to visit Shankaracharya Temple on a hilltop. Evening back to the boats followed by Dinner and Over night stay.

DAY 05: Sringar – Gulmarg – Srinagar – (56 Kms. one way) – Morning after breakfast departs by surface to visit Gulmarg. Full day to enjoy Gulmarg on your own. One can enjoy horse riding / Cable car ride (to be paid directly by the guest) in Gulmarg Evening return back to boats for dinner and over night stay.

DAY 06: Srinagar – Sonmarg – Srinagar (85 Kms. one way) – Morning after breakfast drive from Srinagar to Sonamarg. Full day to enjoy at Sonamarg Evening return to Srinagar for dinner and overnight stay at houseboats.

DAY 07: Srinagar- Phalgam- Srinagar (96 Kms. one way) – Morning after breakfast departs by surface to Pahalgam. Full day at Pahalgam to enjoy. Evening return to Srinagar for dinner and overnight stay at houseboats.

DAY 08: Srinagar – Boat Ride & Shopping – Morning after enjoying your breakfast proceed by Shikaras to have a long boat ride on Dal Lake visiting Char Chinar Island, Bathing boats, Kabutarkhana, floating gardens, floating shops (a nice experience for shopping on the Dal lake), Afternoon return back to the boats then free time for personal activities. Dinner and Overnight stay at the boats.

DAY 09: Srinagar – Katra – Early Morning Departure from Srinagar. Towards Katra on arrival transfer to Hotel. Breakfast / lunch en route. Dinner at hotel.

DAY 10: Katra- Vaishno Devi Temple – Katra – Early morning departure to Jai Mata Di Temple on Your own. Break fast / Lunch on enroute & Dinner at Hotel.

DAY 11: Katra- New Delhi – After breakfast leave for New Delhi. On arrival at New Delhi transfer to Airport / Railway Station towards onward Journey.

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