Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The darshan of Vaishno devi is a dream of almost every Indian, infact it is the dream of many pilgrims around the world. People from every nook and corner visit Vaishno devi to pay homage and seek blessings.
Located on the Jammu and Kashmir state of India the temple of Vaishno devi is one of the most populated temples in India. Situated on a cave on Shivalik Hill the temple has to be reached on foot or by horse from Katra. Katra is 50 km from Jammu and it is the base camp for Vaishno devi. Devotees who come for darshan of Vaishno devi take off their luggages in Katra and set for darshan.
Darshan of Vaishno devi is an amazing task to perform. There is a saying that unless and until one get a call from Mata can not get the darshan. And it is so true. The journey of Vaishno devi starts at Katra and pilgrims cover 13 km on foot for the darshan.
The ascent is a bit difficult but devotees accomplish the journey very smoothly. After 12 km of journey people reach on the courtyard of Vaishno Mata and now it is the time for Darshan. There are images of he Mahakali, Maa Saraswati and Maha Lakshmi and three pindies. The darshan of Mata is a divine feeling. That very moment passes so rapidly that it takes some time for realization that we have achieved our dream.
It takes nearly 6 hours from Katra to get the temple and do the rituals of darshan. There are Ardh Kumari and Vairav temple on the way so some people pay homage to all the deities. After performing the puja and darshan people come back to Katra take rest and go back to the destinations.