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Vaishnodevi also known as Mata Rani, Trikuta and Vaishnavi a manifestation of the Hindu Mother Goddess Mahalaxmi. The religious temple is located in Katra, Jammu and Kashmir, India. The number of pilgrims is estimated to be about more than 10 million every year.
The cave is situated about 5200ft high in altitude, where visitors need to trek approximately 12km from the base camp at Katra to reach the temple. Darshan to the temples are open throughout the year and are in the shape of 3 natural rocks formation called Pindies. Goddess Vaishnodevi is considered to be the incarnation of Goddess Saraswati, Goddess Laxmi and Goddess Kali. The main reason why Goddess Vaishnodevi was born is for the death and destruction of demon Mahishasura. The cave of the Vaishnodevi is 100ft long.
The climate being pleasant, one can visit Vaishnodevi temple at any point of the year except avoidable in winter due to excessive snowfall. Transport to the shrine is not a problem as it is around 45km from Jammu airport and Jammu Tawi railhead. Both air and rail are well connected to the other parts of the city. A taxi or a bus is also easily available at the place. For those who cannot trek the mountains of Vaishnodevi, there are ponies and palanquins that reaches them to the Bhavan for darshan. Some traditions believe that the shrine is the holiest of the Shaktipeeths as the skull of Mata Sati fell here. But on the contrary some believe that her right arm had fallen here. But some scriptures do not agree to this. Nevertheless, in the holy cave of Shri Mata Vaishno Deviji one does not find stone remains of any body part.
Thus, one who comes here never goes back unsatisfied. This beautiful shrine pleases the minds and hearts of all the visitors. The visitors come here to fulfill their wishes and therefore offer the Goddess with Aarti, Individual Poojan and many more rituals.
The Vaishnodevi Temple is one of the must see shrines in Jammu.