Maa Vaishno Devi Mandir | Detailed Guide With Helicopter booking details at Vaishno Devi Temple for First Timers

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माँ वैष्णो देवी हिन्दू मंदिर गाइड -Vaishno Devi Mandir or Temple complete details for first time visitors (वैष्णो देवी मंदिर) in 2022. Maa Vaishno Devi Mandir is dedicated to Hindu Goddess Maa Vaishno, also known as Mata Rani – Mata Adi Shakti/Adi Parashakti. In Hindus, the word Maa means mother and Goddess is the mother of all. Maa Vaishno Devi temple is situated in the Trikuta Mountains of Katra (Jammu and Kashmir, India). This is a detailed guide about the history, timings, nearby places, tour, Helicopter booking details and sightseeing, hotels and maps. Official website – Buy Vaishno Devi Idol Here

Arial view of Maa Vaishno devi mandir
Arial view of Maa Vaishno devi mandir

Popular story about temple History of Vaishno Devi Mandir (Temple)

As per Hindu Vedic mythology and beliefs the existence of Maa Vaishno Devi came in “Treta Yuga”. It is believed as per Hindus that at that time when Gods were planning to relieve the earth from Rakshas or Devils / Demons, Goddess Vaishnavi was created. Goddess Vaishnavi who is the main deity of Vaishno Devi Mandir is combined form of energies by Mahakali (Uma), Maha Saraswati (Vaani) and Maa Laxmi (Rema).

As decided, she destroyed all the demons (Rakshas) and to keep the planet safe forever, she was requested to stay back. She agreed and chose to reincarnate.  Vaishnavi since her childhood was the great devotee of Lord Vishnu and in her adulthood, she starting praying Lord Vishnu to get him as her husband. Years passed and pleased with her devotion,  Vishnu appeared as Rama in front of her. Rama informed her that he is already married to Sita who is now abducted by Ravana (Lanka Pati Ravan, one of the Devil or Rakshas). Still seeing her devotion, Rama promised that someday he will definitely return and if Vaishnavi will recognise him, he will marry her.

Lord Rama after winning Lanka, visited her as an old man and requested Vaishnavi to be his wife.  Vaishnavi refused seeing the Old man’s age and looks. She failed to recognize Vishnu or Rama. But still her devotion towards Vishnu was genuine and hence Lord Rama gave her one more chance, He granted her the boon that in his 10th incarnation (Kalki Avatar) during kaliyuga, he will surely marry her. She was requested to wait for him in Trikuta mountains till then. For her protection, Rama offered her the troop of Monkeys and left.

Vaishnavi continued to spend years in meditation but one day Bhairon Nath visited her and was stupefied by her beauty. He started following Vaishnavi and to escape from him, Vaishnavi hide in one of the cave there.

Bhairon somehow found Vaishnavi and to protect herself, Vaishnavi assumed the form of “Maa Kaali” and severed Bhairon’s head. Realising the mistake, Bhairon apologised and requested her to forgive him. Kali returned to original form of Vaishnavi, forgiven Bhairon and allowed him to stay there as her guardian. Vaishnavi lateron to wait for Vishnu’s 10th Kalki avatar, decided to assume the form of three rocks- MahaSaraswati, MahaLakshmi, and Mahakali. Now it is popularly known as – Vaishno Devi Mandir.

Note- You visit to Vaishno Devi Mandir is incomplete without the visit of Bhairon Mandir.

Helicopter booking at Maa Vaishno Devi Mandir or temple
Helicopter booking at Maa Vaishno Devi Mandir or temple
maa vaishno devi entrance view
maa vaishno devi entrance view
ancient shivkhori cave at maa vaishno devi
ancient shivkhori cave at maa vaishno devi

What is Location of Vaishno Devi Mandir? Distance and Map

Vaishno Devi Mandir (Bhavan) is located in Katra (Railway station). There is a walking track of approx 13 km. Those who cannot walk this much can take a Helicopter or hire a horse etc. 

Katra is well connected through train and road transport. See the map below – 

What are the timings, entry fee of Vaishno Devi Mandir?

Entry Fee – There is no Entry Fee, However there is slip mandatory to visit the temple and can be collected for various counters and online too.

Timings of Vaishno Devi Mandir: Visiting Hours – 5:00 AM – 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM 

What is the best time to visit Maa Vaishno Devi Temple?

Vaishno Devi Mandir you can visit anytime during the year. December and January you may find snow there and hence can be a bit tough for elderly and kids. Festivals like Chaitra and Sharad Ashwin witnesses huge crowd.

How to do Vaishno Devi Helicopter Booking?

complete information on vaishno devi helicopter booking details for travellers convience and official website email ids

Maa Vaishno Devi Darshan by Helicopter. Heli services can be availed by everyone and it’s an awesome experience. Those who cannot cover the 13-14 kilometers track by foot can avail the Heli services which start from Katra. 

Helicopter will then drop you at Sanjhichatt. 

For Offline counter booking- Important instructions for booking from Heli-Ticket Counter – 

1. Ensure you have -Yatra Registration Slip.

2. Carry Id ID Proof for all passengers in order to get the tickets booked.

3. Also carry the Proof of travel or tickets etc of – Air/Train/Bus/Taxi.

4. Please do not avail of the services of third-party brokers or middlemen.

About the rates – Check the current pricing here– one side Rs.1045/- + Taxes per person.)

Instructions for booking- Online Heli ticket :-

  1. In case you want to book the Heli tickets in advance, the services are available by the trust, visit the official page here
  2. Register as New User – here (New Devotee sign up)
  3. You need to register yourself- enter the username and password.
  4. Once the registration is successful, close all tabs and reopen the page again.
  5. Enter your credentials like user name and password.
  6. Select -Helicopter Services and enter the passenger details, travel date, and all required information.
  7. Click on the payment gateway link and process the online payment.
  8. After your booking is successful, print out the page or takes the snapshot.
  9.  Official email id for correspondence- [email protected]

Note – You can book 60 days in Advance from 10:00 AM every day before journey. Per ride Max 05 helicopter seats can be booked per user and per Debit/Credit card in a calendar month

Other Popular Temples to visit and Sight Seeing around Vaishno Devi Mandir

You can visit other popular temples and places after visiting Maa Vaishno Devi Mandir which are as follows –

Bhairav Nath Temple

Ardh Kuwari Temple, Vaishno Devi

Market at Katra

Purmandal Temple

Geeta Mandir, Katra

Panchbakhtar temple

Laxmi Narayan temple

See the videos of Vaishno Devi in Youtube – HERE

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How to take Vaishno Devi Ropeway? Details and images

ropeway or cable car service at vaishno devi
ropeway or cable car service at vaishno devi

Recently a Ropeway is also started in Vaishno Devi which covers almost 1 hr journey to Bhairon Mandir in just 5 minutes. Charges for this ropeway service are just Rs. 100 per person. Bharon Mandir is at steep height from Bhawan and not everyone can climb it. So this service is recently started with an investment of over 100 crores and a Swiss company is engaged for smooth operations.

Tickets can be booked over the counter from Bhawan itself.

Near By Hotels, Resorts and Restaurants

Check all the details about Hotels and Resorts nearby Vaishno Devi, Katra  – Here

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13 Interesting facts about Vaishno Devi (Hindu Temple)

Here are some of the interesting facts about Vaishno Devi that will make you want to visit the Shrine:

  1. As per Hindu belief- Mata Vaishno, (Trikuta) observed the ‘Navratra’ Vrat and prayed for the victory of Lord Rama. 
  2. Lord Rama blessed her that she will be now be recognised as – Maa Vaishno Devi. Vaishnavi (Trikuta) is now Mata Vaishno Devi who attained immortality.
  3. Bhairo Nath was sent by Gorakhnath (A Mahayogi), who chased Mata Vaishno Devi to marry him. 
  4. An Ashram was constructed on foothills of Trikuta, as per the instructions by Vishnu (Lord Rama) as Rama promised Maa Vaishno that they will live after getting married in the Kaliyug.
  5. Maa Vaishno Devi left her original form and converted her into a  rock in order to continue uninterrupted meditation till Lord Vishnu returns in Kalyuga as Kalki. 
  6. How Vaishno Devi Temple was found? An interesting story suggests that it was discovered by pandit Sridhar. He was a poor sage. He once saw Mata Vaishno Devi in his dreams who indicated to him the presence of the temple. Sridhar started finding it and during this journey, he regularly saw Vaishno Devi in his dream to guide him about the route.
  7. These caves of Mata Vaishno Devi Temple are about million years old. 
  8. As per Mahabharata, Arjuna meditated upon the Goddess to pray for victory in the great battle of Kurukshetra. Arjuna mentioned Maa Vaishno Devi as “Jambookatak Chityaishu Nityam Sannihilaye”, which means “the one who resides in the temple permanently which is located in the mountain in Jamboo”. Jamboo as some scholars refer to Jammu.
  9. Late Sikh Guru, Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji himself visited Vaishno Devi. 
  10. Temple of Vaishno Devi has three main caves. Only two caves are kept open for the people to visit. Whenever there are less than 10000 pilgrims for a particular period, the doors to the main cave are opened.
  11. This cave as per Hindu mythology safely preserves the body of Bhairo Nath. 
  12. Hindus believe that a stream of water which flows through the cave is actually a pious river – Ganga.
  13. At Ardhkuwari a separate cave is situated- called as GarbhJun. As per one interesting story, this separate cave is the place where Maa Vaishno Devi for 9 months when BhairoNath was chasing her. Maa Vaishno during this period positioned herself in the shape of an unborn child in his/her mother’s womb. Hindus believe that someone who enters Garbhjun cave once in his lifetime acquires Moksha – “freedom from entering the womb again and again”. 

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