Vaishno Devi Temple is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Shakti, located in Trikuta mountain 61 kilometres north of Jammu. In Hinduism, Vaishno Devi, also known as Mata Sheraan Wali and Vaishnavi, is a manifestation of the Mother Goddess.
The temple is near the town of Katra, in Jammu and Kashmir. It is one of the most revered places of worship in Northern India. The shrine is at an altitude of 5200 feet and a distance of approximately 12 kilometres from Katra. Million of pilgrims visit the temple every year and is the second most visited religious shrine in India. The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board maintains the shrine.
Everyday of the year a number of devotees surges up steep pathways that cut across the hillside for mile after mile. Popular belief holds that anybody who walks the Himalayan trail to her abode to ask for a boon rarely goes back disappointed. There are many who journey here year after year to pay obeisance regardless of their faith or belief, creed or class, caste or religion, for Mata Vaishno Devi transcends all such barriers.The shrine is visited and accessible all through the year, but the path & climate is little difficult during the winters due to snowfall. Now the whole path from Katra to Vaishno Devi Shrine is covered with metal roof hence there is very limited snow on the path.