Why You Need to Visit Mata Vaishno Devi During Navratri

The journey to see Maa Vaishno Devi is not complete until you also see Bhairon Nath Temple. Be sure to visit the Bhairon temple above the mother's temple.

Blog Home | Surbhi Mishra | 05-09-2022

Mata Vaishno Devi Temple has a larger-than-life significance for Hindu devotees. Open throughout the year, the Trikuta hills in Katra reverberate with the chant of ‘Jai Mata Di’ without a pause. Pilgrims in thousands of numbers visit Mata Vaishno Devi Dhaam to seek the blessings of Goddess Supreme and to be granted their unfulfilled wish. Say it Mata’s miraculous offerings or devotees’ unflinching faith, nothing deters pilgrims’ devoted spirit. Add to it the occasion of Navratri, a festival dedicated to Shakti. In this festival celebrated for nine days, nine forms of Maa Durga are worshipped. 

This year Navratri will start on 26 September 2022 and end on 05 October 2022 on the day of Mahanavami. On this occasion, people visit their nearby famous temples of Maa Durga. Talking about the most famous temples, Katra Vaishno Devi in Katra, Jammu, comes to mind first. Mata Vaishno Devi Temple, nestled at Trikuta Hill, houses a Holy Cave where Mata meditated and did her penance. Apart from that, three Pindies, each representing the highest known form of Tridevi: Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and MahaSaraswati, are also present. The Pindies are manifested energy of Goddess Supreme astral forms. They are natural rocks, unique in colour and texture.

Navratri and its Significance

Goddess Durga Puja Pandal. Image: Unfold Memory/Unsplash

‘Nav’ means nine, and ‘Ratri’ means nights are a nine-days festive celebration to worship the Goddess’s nine forms. They are: 

  1. Shailaputri – Daughter of Mountain
  2. Brahmacharini – Mother of Devotion and Penance
  3. Chandraghanta – Destroyer of Demons
  4. Kushmanda – Goddess of The Cosmic Egg
  5. Skandamata – Goddess of Motherhood and Children
  6. Katyayani – Goddess of Power
  7. Kalaratri – Goddess of Auspiciousness and Courage
  8. Mahagauri – Goddess of Beauty
  9. Siddhidatri – Goddess of Supernatural Powers or Siddhis

These goddesses are all Avatars of the Supreme Goddess, Maa Durga. The festival for nine days is celebrated with great reverence and enthusiasm. Thus, it amplifies the significance of visiting ‘Katra Wali Maa’ more. The Yatra during Navratri holds multifold spiritual bliss for pilgrims arriving at Katra Mata Vaishno Devi Temple. Here celebrations and arrangements to accommodate the rush of devotees go hand in hand. 

Mata Vaishno Devi Darshan During Navratri

Seek the blessings of Mata Vaishno Devi and the three Holy Pindies.

The three Pindies viz Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati are worshipped accordingly at Katra Mata Vaishno Devi Temple.

Day one to third of the festival is dedicated to Maa Mahakali. Apart from the belief that no one goes empty-handed from Mata’s Dhaam, she is also believed to have the power to destroy the world’s sins and evils. The first three days are focused on worshipping Mata Vaishno Devi in her Durga form.

The next three days are dedicated to Goddess MahaLakshmi, the giver of wealth, beauty, fortune, prosperity, and more. People believe that she has the power to bestow unending amounts of wealth to her devotees. 

And the last three days are spent offering prayers to Goddess MahaSaraswati. She is known as the giver of divine wisdom and knowledge.

The Route to Mata Vaishno Devi Holy Cave

The trek to Mata Vaishno Devi Temple starts from Katra and is 13 km long. To arrive at Katra, either you can board a train from your city to Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Station, or if you are coming from a flight, you will reach Jammu Airport first. From thereon, hire a cab service or bus to reach Katra. Know How to Reach by Road.

There are several ways to get to Vaishno Devi temple if you can’t do the climb on foot. You can go by helicopter or sit on a doli (Palkies). You can book the helicopter at the heli counter. If you want, you can book a helicopter in advance.

About the author

Surbhi Mishra
A travel lover and moody chef, Surbhi loves to read & write and doodle in her free time. For her, being able to write is a blessing, and to keep at it—a work-in-progress. When not working, you can find her swimming her worries away, dancing to the beats, or filling up her bucket list to tick them off.