Vaishno Devi temple, Jammu and Kashmir

Vaishno Devi (additionally known as Mata Rani, Trikuta, Ambe and Vaishnavi) is a manifestation of the Hindu mother Goddess, Devi in a famous folktale. The words “Maa” and “Mata” are commonly used in India for mom, and for this reason are regularly closely utilized in connection with Vaishno Devi. Vaishnavi changed into formed from the blended energies of Kali, Lakshmi, and Saraswati.

In line with the folktale, at some point of the Treta Yuga (second yuga of Hindu cosmology), evil forces started out to threaten the earth. To keep herself, Bhumi the mom earth, went to the Trimurti for help. Whilst the three gods were helpless, their consorts — Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati (Kali) combined their forces and created a goddess named Vaishnavi. After severa battles, the goddess defeated evils and changed into ordered to live on the planet to shield it.

Years after, Vaishnavi turned into reborn because the daughter of a Brahmin couple. From childhood, the goddess was drawn to Vishnu and decided to marry him. While she grew up, she commenced to mediate to be able to please Vishnu. Sooner or later, Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu, came to her. Rama refused to marry her and advised that he’s searching for his lost wife — Sita. Seeing his devotee in misery, Rama promised her that he will return someday and if she recognise him, then he will marry her. Years later, Rama as an old man came there, however she couldn’t recognise him. As a end result, Rama again promised her that he’s going to marry her as Kalki, the final avatar of Vishnu.

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How to reach

  • By Road: Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation buses operate to and from Jammu to Katra at regular intervals. Air-conditioned private deluxe buses and taxis are also available from Jammu to Katra.
  • By Train: The nearest railway station from Katra is the Udhampur railway station. Taxi and cab services are available from the railway station to Katra.
  • By Air: Located at a distance of 50 kilometres, the Jammu airport is the nearest to Katra. Jammu is well-connected with major airports in India. It’s easy to get a cab from the Jammu airport to Katra as regular taxi and cab services are available.
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How to reach

  • Nearest airport is Jammu
  • Nearest railway station is Udhampur 
  • Nearest bus stations are Katra and Jammu
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