Vaishno Devi Yatra
Vaishno Devi is the holy identity of Hindus. She is the true faith of a number of people. It is the saying that the all sorts of people’s wishes are fulfilled by Mata if these wishes are originated from true heart. The most visitingconsecrated place of Hindus is the temple of Vaishno Devi. Mata find her residence in the Trikuta Mountain. This temple is placed in the north of Jammu at a distance of 61 km within northern state of Jammu and Kashmir. The main station of vaishno Devi Templeis Katra i.e. the town at the foot of the Trikuta hills. Bhavan is the place where temple is positioned.
Vaishno Devi Yatra Receipt
The yatra of Vaishno Devi has been started from Katra. Most often yatris use to take rest here before starting yatra. For having darshan of mata Yatris use to travel on foot whole night. Yatris get ‘Yatra Parchi’ from Katra only so as to have the Darshan of Mata. Yatris are not charged even 1 Re for ‘Yatra Parchi’. The yatra of Vaishno Devi is being started after taking this ‘Parchi’. We have to make entry at ‘Baan Ganga’ check post after 3 hours of taking the ‘Parchi’. The ‘Yatra Parchi has got lapsedif entry at check post is not made. Therefore to take the ‘Parchi’ is a convenient option of Yatra.
Katra is located at 2500 feet above the sea level. Different modes of transport are available for completing the yatra from katra to Bhawan. These modes of transport are as follow:
To Have The Own Vehicle:
The vehicle can be driven up to Darshan Deodhi and then it can be parked at a specific location. There is a nice facility of parking.
Vaishno Devi Auto-Rickshaw :
We can use auto-rickshaw from the journey of Katra to Darshan Deodhi. Each person is charged Rs 7 to 10 as the fare of auto-rickshaw. These auto-rickshaws are also booked by mean of token system.
Vaishno Devi Helicopter:
The price of journey from Katra to Sanjichat and returning back from sanjichat to Katra of these two companies is Rs 2000 per person. There is a system of online booking for helicopters. The tickets of the helicopters have to be booked before 1 month. A large number of people dash to have the booking of helicopters. A time of 2-3 hours are given by the companies of helicopters so as to come back to Sanjichat from Bhawan and these timings are adjusted by the yatris in accordance to crowd of people. At a single moment of time a helicopter can carry 6 persons.
Vaishno Devi Ponies:
These ponies are on work from Darshan Deodhi to Bhawan and Bhairon Temple and get halted to Ardhkuwari Temple. The charge of each person to be carried on to the pony differs from Rs 300 to 600 that are according to the weight and age of the person.
Vaishno Devi Palanquins:
The facility of Palanquins is also there so as to cover up the long distance from Darshan Deodhi to Bhawan and Bhairon Temple. The Palanquins use to get halted at Ardhakuwari Temple. The charge of each person differs from Rs 2200 to Rs.4000 and that is according to the weight and age of the person.
Vaishno Devi Pittus:
The pittus are on work from Darshan Deodhi to Bhawan and Bhairon Temple which get halted at Ardhakuwari Temple. These pittus are used to carry luggage and children. The charge of the pittu differs from Rs 200 to 500 that are according to the weight of luggage and children.
There is entire route of 13 Km. The path is cleaned and swept time to time. There is an arrangement of refreshment and food place to place. There is a facility of column rooms at many places so as to secure the luggage of Yatris at definite price.
Vaishno Devi consists of four stoppage or important places and they are:
Darshani Darwaja or Darshan Deodhi:
The key ingress of Trikuta Hills called as Darshani Darwaja or Darshan Deodhi as Trikuta hills can be viewed from here completely. It is the place where meeting of Vaishno Devi Mata and Devotee Shridhar had taken place.
Vaishno Devi Ardhakuwari Temple:
After crossing 6 KM there comes the holy cave named as Ardhakuwari. The Ardhkuwari Temple lies in the mid of Vaishno Devi Yatra. Mata resided here for 9 months to hide from Bhairo Nath. When he found and chased her then she moved toward Bhavan. The yatra of Vaishno Devi is not prolific without visiting this Temple. Another name of Ardhkuwari Temple is Garbha Joon.
Vaishno Devi SanjiChhat:
There is arrival of Sanji Chhat after 9.5 KM of journey. The distance between sanjichhat and bhawan is 2.5 Km.To cross the way towards bhawan the Yatris have to walk downhills from
SanjiChhat.The facility of accomodations like rooms, hotels and Dharmshalas is provided here. The fresh food is also provided here at judicious prices. It also consists of hospitals so as to provide medical facilities to the devotees.
Vaishno Devi Bhawan:
The final place which is the end point of Yatris is Bhawan. It is the holy cave where Mata killed Bharion Nath and abandoned her human form and took the form of rock and finally settled here to bless the people. Devotees after reaching Bhawan have the Darshan of mata. There is a long queue for darshan. The darshan of mata is done by mean of token system. Token reveals the group no. and the time for the Yatri’s turn. After Darshan the process of aarti takes place which is completed in 2 hours. After aarti the parshad is distributed among Yatris. Makhane, dry fruits and coconuts are distributed among devotees as parshad with red oodhni of Mata.
Bhairon Mandir Vaishno Devi :
The Bhairon Mandir is 3 km away from bhawan. When Mata killed Bhairon nath then he realized his mistake and apologized in front of her as a result of it she had put mercy on him and gave him a boon that he would be worshipped by people after her worship. The Yatra would only be completed after the darshan of Bhairon Mandir. The coconut has been offered to the Bhaironji and bhabhuti is distributed among the devotees as parshad.
Thus Yatra of Mata is a holy journey which is carried out to get our wishes fulfilled and being blessed by Mata.