9 Devi Darshan

Vaishno Devi Temple : Faith has moved mountains. From a cave shrine tucked away deep in the Trikuta Mountains of Kashmir to a bustling religuous centre, the call of Mata Vaishno Devi has drawn and converted many a non-believer. Those who come as tourists leave as staunch followers singing her praises. This is the ultimate refuge of the helpless. The one place that answers your prayers. Where all dilemmas are resolved. The holy cave shrine of Vaishno Devi is nestled in a beautiful recess of the Trikuta Mountains forming a part of the lower Himalayas. It is located 61 km north of Jammu at a height of 5,200 feet above the sea level in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. In the cave there are images of three deities viz. the Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati. The shrine is visited all through the year, but the path is difficult during the winters when the route is often blocked by snow-fall.

Naina Devi Yatra : According to legend, Lord Shiva's consort Sati once burnt herself alive in Yagna to avenge an insult to Lord Shiva. The distraught Shiva picked her corpse and gyrated his horrified dance. Then Lord Vishnu unleashed his Chakra and cut the Sati's body into fifty one pieces to save the earth from Shiva's wrath. All the fifty one places - where parts of Sati's body fell, became known as Shakti Peeths.

Chamunda Devi Temple : It is an enchanting spot with glorious views of the mountains, the Baner Khud, Pathiar and Lahla forests. 15-km from Dharamshala a tiny village of Dadh on Palampur road is the famous temple dedicated to Goddess Chamunda Devi. On reaching the temple a glorious view of Dhaula Dhar on three sides and 'Baner Khud' flowing alongside the temple. The temple has artistic carvings on its lintel, pillars and the ceiling.

Jwalamukhi Temple : (The Flaming Goddess) recognized as one of the 51 Shaktipeeths of India, Jwalamukhi's Devi Temple, tended by the followers of Goraknath, is set against a cliff. The picturesque temple, built against a wooded spur, in the Indo-Sikh style, has a dome that was gilded by Mughal Emperor Akbar. An eternally burning flame that issues from a hollow rock in the sanctum is considered the manifestation of the goddess Devi.

Chintpurni Temple : A winding road goes up to the temple dedicated to 'Bhagwati Chinmastika' or Goddess 'Chintpurni' who grants all wishes.

Mansa Devi Temple : A typical example of North Indian architecture Mansa Devi Temple, lying in Bilaspur village, about three kilometers east of Mani Majra in Chandigarh, has two temples dedicated to the goddess. It is believed that the older temple was built by the ruler of Mani Majra.Jawalmukhi ( Jwala Ji ) : Jwalaji (flame) or Jwala Mukhi (flame mouth) is probably the most ancient temple discussed here besides Vaishno Devi. It is mentioned in the Mahabharata and other scriptures. There is a natural cave where eternal flames continue to burn. Some say there are seven or nine flames for the seven divine sisters or the nine Durgas. It is here that Sati's tongue fell which can now be seen in the form of the flame.

Mata Chintpurni & Chamunda Devi : The temple dedicated to Mata Chintpurni Devi is located in a village of the same name in District Una, Himachal Pradesh. Devotees have been visiting this Shaktipeeth for centuries to pray at the lotus feet of Mata Shri Chhinnamastika Devi and Mata Shri Chintpurni Devi. They bring with them their worldly concerns and seek blessings from the Devi. It is believed that if you ask something from the Devi with a true heart, your wish will be granted.

Baijnath & Laxmi Narayan Temple : built in 804 A.D. and dedicated to Shiva Vaidyanatha. Its tall shikhara carved in stone is framed by the imposing snow capped peaks of Dhauladhars. The linga enshrined in its sanctum is one of the 12 jyotirlingas in the country. Every year during the Shivratri fair, thousands of pilgrims descend on Baijnath for the colourful fair and festivities. It is 16-km from Palampur and 56-km from Dharamsala.

9 Devi Darshan Himachal Tour

Day 01 - Delhi - Jammu - Katra
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Jammu or by Toyota Qualis. Arrive Jammu at 12.40 Hrs. Transfer to hotel. Day at leisure till evening. In the evening, transfer to Katra by surface. Reach Katra and trek to Vaishno Devi Temple (Holy Cave, 15 Kms/06 Hours). (Darshans depends on the number of people present, may be it can take one full day) After darshans, free time at the Holy Shrine and visit other temples and then trek back to Katra. Reach Katra and leave back for Jammu by surface.

Day 02 - Jammu or Katra (Visit to Vaisno Devi Shrine)
Vaishno Devi Temple : Faith has moved mountains. From a cave shrine tucked away deep in the Trikuta Mountains of Kashmir to a bustling religuous centre, the call of Mata Vaishno Devi has drawn and converted many a non-believer. Those who come as tourists leave as staunch followers singing her praises. This is the ultimate refuge of the helpless. The one place that answers your prayers. Where all dilemmas are resolved.
The holy cave shrine of Vaishno Devi is nestled in a beautiful recess of the Trikuta Mountains forming a part of the lower Himalayas. It is located 61 km north of Jammu at a height of 5,200 feet above the sea level in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. In the cave there are images of three deities viz. the Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati. The shrine is visited all through the year, but the path is difficult during the winters when the route is often blocked by snow-fall.
The Yatra Route : The Yatra (pilgrimage) begins at Katra and pilgrims have to cover 15 km of terrain on foot to reach the Darbar. One kilometer away from Katra, is Banganga, place where Mata quenched her thirst and at 06 km further down, is the holy cave at Adhkawari.
The entire 15 km route is quite wide and tiled. Besides, the whole path is lit up every night by powerful sodium vapour lamps. The whole route is swept and cleaned from time to time throughout the day.

Day 03 - Jammu - Dharamshala via Pathankot
After breakfast, leave for Dhramshala by surface. Reach Dharamshala and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04 - Dharamshala
After breakfast, visit Chamunda Devi Temple, Kangra Art Museum and monastery. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Chamunda Devi Temple : It is an enchanting spot with glorious views of the mountains, the Baner Khud, Pathiar and Lahla forests. 15-km from Dharamshala a tiny village of Dadh on Palampur road is the famous temple dedicated to Goddess Chamunda Devi. On reaching the temple a glorious view of Dhaula Dhar on three sides and 'Baner Khud' flowing alongside the temple. The temple has artistic carvings on its lintel, pillars and the ceiling.

Day 05 - Dharamshala - Paragpur
After late breakfast, day free till noon. Afternoon, leave for Paragpur by surface. Reach Paragpur and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06 - Paragpur - Jwalamukhi - Chintpurni - Paragpur
After breakfast, leave for Jwalamukhi and visit Jwalamukhi Temple and Chintpurni Temple. In the evening, return back to Paragpur. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Pragpur : The little village of Pragpur in Kangra's sylvan tracts has an endearing beauty. Narrow cobbled lanes flow past old houses, and flowering Bougainvillaea drape their colours over pipul and banyan trees. And to the north, the snow clad Dhauladhar ranges frame this picture of pastoral beauty.
Jwalamukhi Temple : (The Flaming Goddess) recognized as one of the 51 Shaktipeeths of India, Jwalamukhi's Devi Temple, tended by the followers of Goraknath, is set against a cliff. The picturesque temple, built against a wooded spur, in the Indo-Sikh style, has a dome that was gilded by Mughal Emperor Akbar. An eternally burning flame that issues from a hollow rock in the sanctum is considered the manifestation of the goddess Devi.
Chintpurni Temple : A winding road goes up to the temple dedicated to 'Bhagwati Chinmastika' or Goddess 'Chintpurni' who grants all wishes.

Day 07 - Paragpur - Naina Devi Temple - Nalagarh
After breakfast, leave for Nalagarh en route visiting Naina Devi Temple. Reach Nalagarh and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Naina Devi Temple : It is one of the 51 'Shakti Pithas'.

Day 08 - Nalagarh - Chandigarh (Visit Mansa Devi Temple)
After breakfast, leave for Chandigarh by surface. Reach Chandigarh and transfer to hotel. Visit Mansa Devi Temple. Overnight at hotel.
Mansa Devi Temple : A typical example of North Indian architecture Mansa Devi Temple, lying in Bilaspur village, about three kilometers east of Mani Majra in Chandigarh, has two temples dedicated to the goddess. It is believed that the older temple was built by the ruler of Mani Majra.

Day 09 - Chandigarh - Delhi
After breakfast, visit Rock Garden & Rose Garden. Afternoon, leave for Delhi by surface. Reach Delhi and transfer to IGI Airport and tour terminates.

 

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