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Navratri Utsav: Celebrations at Vaishno Devi Temple

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Published: Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 15:33 [IST]
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Vaishno Devi Temple or Vaishno Devi Mandir located in Katra in Jammu & Kashmir, is one of the temples that celebrate Navratri in all its grandeur. Here Navratri is celebrated twice, Chaitra Navratra before the start of summer and Shardiya Navratra at the beginning of winter.

Devotees from various parts of the country flock in to take part in the grand festivities that last 9 days, and to take the blessings of Vaishno Devi, the presiding deity at the temple.

During the first three days of Navratri, the goddess is worshipped as Kali or the goddess who destroys all evil and impurities. The next three days are dedicated to Lakshmi, who is the goddess of wealth. The final three days of Navratri are to seek blessings from goddess Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom.


Photo Courtesy: Temple Website

To seek blessings and to lead a better life, devotees celebrate all the nine days to worship the forms of Vaishno Devi. The government of Jammu & Kashmir has instituted the 9 day festival and showcases it to the world to promote regional culture, heritage and traditins of the state.

How to Reach Vaishno Devi Temple

You can reach the temple by road, rail or air. When you travel by road, the Jammu and Kashmir State Road Corporation buses take you from Jammu to Katra at regular intervals. Luxuxy buses are also available on this route.

The nearest railway station to Vaishno Devi Temple is Udhampur railway station. The closest airport to Katra is Jammu airport which is around 50km away from the place.


Photo Courtesy: Temple Website

Hotels Near Vaishno Devi Temple

There are several stay options available near the temple. Some of the hotels near the temple include Hotel the Vaishnodevi, Ginger Hotel, Devi Grand and KC Residency. Some restaurants that offer some good food near to the temple are Prem Vaishno Dhaba, Madhuban, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra and Sagar Ratna.

There are some must visit tourist destinations here that you shouldn't miss on your trip. Sanasar Lake, Naag Mandir and Bahu Fort are some of them.

Travel to this beautiful destination and attend one of the most pious festivities happening in India!

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