Mata Vaishno Devi Temple :- A famed cave shrine positioned in the foothills of the Himalayas, Vaishno Devi is one of the most visited sacred places among devotees who throng the temple from far and wide. It is devoted to Mother Goddess and is one of the oldest of all the temples in India. The temple is positioned at an elevation of 5200 ft and one requires carrying out an excursion of 13 km on foot to make it to this holy place. Natural beauty can be relished throughout the yatra. Moreover, the spiritual experience one will have during the Darshan is beyond words, so don’t forget to visit this holy place on vacations in Jammu.
Banganga :- Banganga is a first major halt for the devotees when embarking on an odyssey from Katra to Bhawan. It is perched around 3 kms from Katra. The water of the river is considered as very pious where the devotees take holy baths and then start their spiritual yatra. As per the mythological tales, the Goddess Durga created a tributary with a bow and arrow and the river Ganga gushed out from the land. That is why the place is well known as the Banganga. The location of the temple is splendid as the tourists can get to see the enchanting landscape and stunning hills that offer a mesmerizing experience.
Bhairon Mandir :- Also dubbed as Kaala Bhairava, Bhairav Mandir is nestled at a distance of 3 km from the sacred cave. According to the legends, Bhairav Nath asked for forgiveness for his wicked acts in his last breadth and Vaishnavi exonerated him. It is deemed that the excursion to Vaishno Devi only completes after paying a visit to Bhairav Mandir, situated on the top of the hill and easily accessible from Ardh Kawari.
Charan Paduka :- Charan Paduka is a sacred destination that is nestled at an elevation of 3380 feet just 1.5 kms from Banganga. It is believed that the Goddess Durga decided to stay at this place, when she was chased by Bhairavnath. Devotees from various geographical locations of the world visit the Charan Paduka temple to pay homage at the footprints of the Goddess etched on a large piece of rock. The devotees touch the feet of the Mata and pray for her blessings while also enjoying the fun-filled journey. The serene environment of the place and Mata’s blessings fill the devotees with a new found energy and a get great peace of mind.