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Every Hindu is well-known to the holy name of ''Vaishno Devi'', one of the most preferred as well as the most visited pilgrimages in India. It is the second most visited religious shrine of India after Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple. Devis Location: The dwelling of Mata Vaishno Devi is in the mountains of Trikuta Hills of Jammu and Kashmir state at a height of 5200 feet The main site is located inside the cave of a hill, which is located near the town of Katra in Reasi district It is approx 14 kilometers away from Katra and 61 kilometers from Jammu Almost 8 million devotees visit this sacred place every year Maa Vaishno Devi - the Goddess of Power: The shrine is devoted to Maa Vaishnavi, also known as the ''Goddess of Power'' Inside the cave there are three Pindies (heads) of 5 5 feet tall rock, which is the main place of this holy shrine These three Pindies are in the forms of Maha Kaali (Goddess of power, darkness and anger), Maha Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth) and Maha Saraswati (Goddess of wisdom) The total length of the holy cave is approx 98 feet, in which maximum 12 to 14 people are allowed to enter at a time Legend: People believe that Goddess Durga killed the devil Bhairo here According to a famous legend this holy shrine Devis of Mata Vaishno Devi was discovered by a Brahmin - 'Pandit Shridhar' thousands year ago It is said that one can reach there, only when Maa Vaishno calls him/her Without the permission of Maa nobody can reach this holy shrine The Holy Journey: The journey of Vaishno Devi begins at Katra, from where the pilgrims have to cover a path of 13 kilometers to reach the shrine Most of the pilgrims cover this distance on foot but those, who are unable to walk such distance, may hire horses, Palki or even helicopter as per their convenience and budget The entire way of 13 kilometers is a quite wide road, with lush green surroundings After covering 6 kilometers of path you will reach 'Ardhkanwari', it is the holy cave where Mata meditated for 9 months Then after covering a path of total 9 5 kilometers you will reach 'Saanjhi Chhat', it is the place where you may have some rest and refreshment From Saanjhi Chhat the sacred shrine of 'Mata Vaishno Devi' is just 3 5 kilometers far Throughout the way environment is exhilarated with enchantments of ''Jai Mata Ki'' To look after the activities, ''Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board'' was formed in 1986 Important Information: Nearest Airport: Jammu Airport(48 km from Katra) Nearest Railway Station: In Jammu By Road: Jammu is well-connected via road through all the major cities of India, also regular bus services are available from central bus station of Jammu Devis
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