Charan Paduka Temple In Katra – Best Tourist Attractions

This religious site lies 1.5 km ahead of Ban Ganga.

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The story of Mata Vaishno Devi to her abode in Trikuta hills goes through many religiously significant sites. One such landmark is Charan Paduka, the second stopover at an elevation of 3380 feet. This religious site lies 1.5 km ahead of Ban Ganga, from where the Yatra resumes after going through a security check post. 

Charan Paduka is where Mata Vaishno Devi halted for a brief time after being chased by Bhairon Nath. At the site, there are imprints of the Goddess’ pious feet on rock slabs, which pilgrims revere on their way to Bhawan. On average days, it does not take more than a few minutes for devotees to get Darshan of Charan Paduka. The sacred site is famous among pilgrims who have just started their journey to trek the top of the hill as it symbolises touching Mata’s feet, seeking her blessings to reach her abode successfully.

Charan Paduka Temple in Katra 

Charan Paduka
Charan Paduka in Katra is an important religious site among pilgrims. Image: Tour My India

Religiously, the temple holds tremendous value among those pilgrims and verifiable proof of Mata’s existence and that she looks after their children in need. Naturally, the religious site is popular among the devotees going to Mata Vaishno Devi Temple to seek blessings. The story of how Mata’s feet got imprinted over rock slabs here and nowhere else is interesting. As per the mythological tales, while running away from Bhairon Nath, Mata Vaishno Devi stopped for a while here and looked back to see whether she was still being chased. That’s how the place got footprints of Mata Vaishno Devi and is a highlighted attraction amongst devotees. 

At Charan Paduka, a medical unit of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board also exists. This is to treat any person with breathing difficulty or injury. All the medical facilities are available with trained staff. 

Mata Vaishno Devi’s Charan Paduka is open throughout the year for Darshan, the same as the shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi Temple.

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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.