Vaishnodevi Jammu Reviews
Trip to a shrine at Vaishnodevi, Jammu, India Jun 01, 2008
The trip is for those who believe in the deity and wish to visit the temple. The 12 Km walk up the hill from Katra is sheer fun and faith. There are all kinds of people you will meet along the way, some walking, some riding on a horse, some in a 'doli' which is essentially carried by 2-4 people, some rolling on the ground all the way up ! This is because they have vowed to themselves to complete the visit in this fashion !!
Near halfway up is a place called "Adhkumari" which is a temple and it has a sort of a cave through which one should go; its said that to date no one has got stuck in that, one just needs to have faith. I had a certain fear of being trapped inside, and not being able to move, but eventually I did crawl out, chanting out "Jai Mata Di" all through.
As the journey continues 6 more kms, you reach the temple of Vaishnodevi. Because of the sheer number of people visiting the place, you would not be allowed to have a look at the idol of the Goddess for more than 20-30 seconds !
The official website is http://maavaishnodevi.org/new1/index.html
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