Maa Vaishno devi Yatra
Mother goddess is in three forms like maha kali, maha laxmi and maha saraswati at mata vaisho devi temple. Tirumala is the most visited temple by Hindus in south india whereas Mata vaisho devi temple is the most visted Hindu temple in North. Neraly 80 lakh pilgrims have darshan of maa vaishno devi every year.
How to reach maa vaishno devi temple ( yatra) : Katra is about 15 kms from maa vaishno temple. Bhawan is the place where mata is located. Jammu is about 50 kms from katra. Jammu can be reached by air from Delhi, Srinagar and Chandigarh. All major airlines are connecting Jammu. Jammu is also connected by train with Delhi, kolkatta and rest of India. Some tourist companies are offering tour packages to Maa vaisho devi yatra.
A railway station is being built at katra. Jammu is connected by Katra by road,. Buses ply between jammu and katra with a frequency of 10 minutes from Morning 5.30 AM till 8.30 PM. Pilgrims can catch taxis from Jammu airport and bus stand and railway station to katra.
Pilgrims can stay at Katra in the maa vaishno devi shrine board’s yatri nivas or hotels run by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism department. Maa vaishno devi yatra begins from Katwara. Pilgrims have to get yatra registration slip from yatra registration counter available at katra bus stand and tourist reception center. Pilgrims with out yatra slip are not allowed to continue yatra. The yatra slip can be obtained free of cost.
Banganga, Adhkawari and Sanjichhat are places of holy importance to be visting enroute the vaishno devi yatra. Bhawan is the final point of yatra. Pilgrims have to surrender their yatra slip and get token that provides batch number. The devotees are called according to their batch number. Meanwhile the pilgrims can have bath at the facilities provided by the shrine board. Pilgrims can also take helicopter service from Katra to Sanjichhat