The history of Katra revolves around the holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi. Geological studies date the cave to be more than a million years old. The place has innumerable legends surrounding its origin. The Trikuta mountain, where the cave is located, has been referenced in the Rig Veda, the oldest of the four Vedas. According to the Hindu epic Mahabharata, Lord Sri Krishna adviced the Pandavas to seek the blessings of the Goddess. Legend states that Pandavas were the ones who built the temples at Bhawan and Kol Kandoli. A mountain adjacent to the Trikuta Mountain has five stone structures, each believed to be a representation of one of the five Pandavas.\n\nThe shrine is believed to have been discovered 700 years ago by Pandit Shridhar. According to legend, Mata Vaishnavi appeared in his dream and asked him to search for her at the holy cave amidst the folds the Trikuta Mountain. On entering the cave, he found a rock formation with three heads. Mata Vaishno Devi appeared before him and blessed him. Pandit Shridhar then spent the rest of his life in the service of the Goddess at the holy cave.
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If you associate Katra with Vaishno Devi only, then you are in for a surprise with this list of hidden places in and around Katra.
Your trip to Katra will be incomplete if you miss out on any of these 5 activities. So book your Katra hotel now & start exploring.
On your way to Katra take a detour and visit Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary - a paradise for nature and wildlife enthusiasts.
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