Hindus celebrate many fairs and festival to make the god happy and get their blessings in different form. They keep fast to pay tribute to god. They also visit popular pilgrim spots and shrines to get the Darshan. Vaishno Devi Temple is one of the holiest temples for Hindus. All people want to visit the temple once.
Vaishno Devi is located in the hills of Jammu & Kashmir. The exact location is near Katra town in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir. The temple is dedicated to Shakti, Vaishno Devi also called as Mata Rani and Vaishnavi. It is second most visited religious places in India. It is believed that Mata Rani fulfills anything and everything that a person wishes for in life in a righteous way. It is one of the most revered places of worship in northern India. The temple is located at an altitude over 5000 feet. People need to cover an approximate distance of 14 km to reach the temple.
There is interesting myth behind the popularity of this temple. A selfish saint, Bhairav Nath was trying to kill Mata Rani to get salvation. While escaping from Bhairav Nath, Mata Rani shot an arrow into the Earth from which water flooded out. This resulted in formation of a river called as Baanganga. It is believed that taking bath in the river wash away all sins. She also took shelter in the concrete cave covered with ice to escape from him and took meditation for power and wisdom. It is necessary to visit this cave before proceeding to main cave. At last Mata got the victory and cut the skull of the Bhairav which felt at 2.5 km above the main shrine. At the time Bhairav was dying, he pleaded Mata for salvation. Mata granted him liberation along with granted him a boon. She told that every devotee had to visit Bhairav Nath temple for completion of pilgrimage. Since then Vaishno Devi Temple along with Adhkawari and Bhairav Nath Temple have become holiest Hindu Pilgrimage Tours. About 8 million pilgrims visit the temple every year.
There are many other holy shrines for India Pilgrimage Tour. Tirumala Venkateswara Temple located in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, Haridwar and Rishikesh located in Uttarakhand, Varanasi and Mathura located in Uttar Pradesh, etc are other sacred Indian pilgrimage tour destinations.