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CHARANPADUKA - VAISHNODEVI MANDIR
holy kshetra bearing the Mother Vaishnodevi's foot prints is a small shrine to
which devotees doming from far off offer prayers with intense devotional favour.
This small but sublime temple is built at the exact stopping of Mother on her
hurried march to her present cave temple. Most pilgrims starting their journey
by walk from Darshani Darwaza halt at this point to avail the darsan of the holy
foot prints of Mother. Their fatigue too gets relief and by worshipping here
for a while they recuperate their stamina miraculously as a matter of fact. This
icon gorgeously decorated feasts the eyes and enhances their faith with her
sublime smiling visage. It is invariably visited and enthusiastically adored by
all the pilgrims both on their way up and on return journey down to Katra. The
Mother, it is said stopped here when chased by Bhairon, the dreadful demon to
see whether he was still following and if so what distance lies between the
persuer and persued. Regular worship is offered daily.
It lies on the way to cave temple of Mata Vaishnodevi and
accessible on foot from Katra only.