India is a land of Gods and Goddesses and their shrines are located in different parts of the country and have mystic history behind them and have their own significance. The devotions in Indians are simply unparallel and each of the holy places gets hundreds of thousands of devotees every year who come with unusual devotion in their hearts.
However, there are handful of sacred places in the country which devotees visit when receive an inner call. Chalo Bulava Aaya Hai, Mata ne Bulaya Hai.... is a popular song which reminds of one such sacred place i.e. Vaishno Devi. There are several sagas attached to this holy shrine and it is strongly believed that the place is consecrated and devotees get desired boons which is the sole reason why around ten million pilgrims visit this cave temple every year.
The devotees on foot and some on ponies especially women, old age people and children add true colour of festival to the entire route and the air remains filled with magical words of Jai Mata Di. Vaishno Devi trip may also be covered via helicopter service which is available from Jammu. Now if we talk of factual information about Vaishno Devi tour, the sacred shrine is situated in beautiful State of Jammu and Kashmir in Katra district. The route to the temple has been made quite accessible over a period of time but the distance to be covered is still significant to reach Trikuta mountains where the shrine is actually located. Trikuta simply means tri-peaked and this cave temple also has three pindies inside which constitute sanctum sanctorum of the sacred cave. The entire trip to Vaishno Devi is monitored and managed by Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.
The visit to Vaishno Devi cannot be deemed complete if the visit to Bhairon temple situated nearby is not undertaken. The stories behind this cave shrine are several but the devotees strongly believe that Goddess Mahalakshmi reside in the cave in her invisible form. The hotels remain packed and the streets highly crowded during Navratras though the same scene is more or less prevalent and visible round the year.
The trip to Vaishno Devi is undoubtedly filled with religious sentiments but there are several other religious and non-religious places which may be visited during this tour if time permits. Baba Dhansar which is shrine of Lord Shiva, Shiv Khori, Sanasar which is cup-shaped meadow and Patni Top which provides breathtaking views may be covered as these places are nearby Katra. Further, if you wish to explore Jammu to an extent as well, you may include Raghunathtemple,Ranbireshwar temple, Amarmahal, Bahu Fort and Mansar Lake which will add more memories to this incredible trip.
So, I am heading to The Sacha Durbar, are you joining me as well..!