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The "Aarti" of the Maa Vaishno Devi at Holy Cave is performed Twice a Day

  • Morning just before the Sunrise
  • Evening immediately after the Sunset


The whole ceremony of "Aarti" is a very Sacred and Dedicated to Maa Durga. The Pujaris of the Holy Cave perform "Aarti'" before the holy deity first inside the sanctum- sanctorum and than outside the cave.

Before the start of "Aarti", Pujaris perform "Aatam Pujan/Shuddhee" (Self-Purification). After that the Goddess is bathed in

  • Water
  • Milk
  • Ghee (Clarified butter)
  • Honey
  • Sugar

After that the Goddess is dressed-up in a Saree, Chola and Chuni and Ornaments.

The entire process takes place with the enchantment of various Shlokas and Mantras.  After that Tilak is placed on the forehead of the deity and Navied (Prasad) is offered.

The Pujaris of Holy Cave perform the Puja of Gods and Goddesses, as it is a believed that during the Aarti time, all the Gods and Goddesses are present inside the sanctum Sanctorum. The Jyoti (divine lamp) is lightened and then the 'Aarti' of the goddess is performed. After the whole procedure, the thaal which contains the lamp and various other items used in the 'Aarti', is brought outside the mouth of the holy cave, where 'Aarti' of the goddess is performed in the presence of yatris. The yatris who remain seated outside the holy cave during the time when the Aarti is performed inside the Sanctum Sanctorum, keep listening to the Pravachans of head Pandit. After the Aarti outside the holy cave is over, the pujari distributes Prasadam and the charanamrit ( the holy water) to the devotees.

This whole procedure of "Aarti" takes Two Hours. In this duration, the Darshans for Yatris are delayed. The maintenance  and renovation works required inside the Holy Cave are performed during this time only.


ATTKA AARTI DARSHAN

Every day, Hawan is performed in the Yagyashala where, the name, the gotra etc. of the desirous person(s) shall be chanted and prayers will be offered for their welfare and prosperity

Donation Amount : INR 1000 per Parchi


INDIVIDUAL POOJAN

Every day, Hawan is performed in the Yagyashala where, the name, the gotra etc. of the desirous person(s) shall be chanted and prayers will be offered for their welfare and prosperity

Category A : INR 1100

Poojan is performed in the name of the devotee(s) for/by whom Pooja has been registered even while the devotee(s) is not present in the Pooja. The Poojan Prashad is sent through courier to the given address.

Poojan can be booked for any day.The facility remains open for whole of the year and the Poojan can be booked in advance or on current basis subject to availability of slots. A maximum of five names from a family can be given for the purpose. These are then chanted during the course of Havan/Poojan.

Category B : INR 5100

Under this Poojan scheme, the devotee has to be physically present in the Poojan. He/She can attend the Havan/Poojan himself/herself along with a maximum of four (total five) of his/her family members.

SHRADDHA SUMAN VISHESH POOJA

As per the demand and religious sentiments and the Shraddha of the Pilgrims (Yatris), the Individual Poojan started last year,  another poojan facility named "SHRADHA SUMAN VISHESH POOJA" has been introduced for the devotees desirous of attending Aarti Darshan of the Holy Goddess.

Category A : INR 16,000


No of Person Allowed:  One
Facilities Entitled under the Package: Aarti Darshan for one Person.
One two bedded AC Room in Niharika free of cost.
One two bedded room at Bhavan free of cost.
Maximum of three meals for one person free to cost at Katra/Bhavan and Prashad.
Prescribed Donation Amount: Rs. 16,000/- 

Category B : INR 31,000

No of Person Allowed:  Two
Facilities Entitled under the Package:Aarti Darshan for two Persons.
One two bedded AC Room in Niharika free of cost.
One two bedded room at Bhavan free of cost.
Maximum of three meals for two persons free to cost at Katra/Bhavan and Prashad.
Prescribed Donation Amount: Rs. 31,000/- 

Category C : INR 46,000


No of Person Allowed:  Three
Facilities Entitled under the Package:Aarti Darshan for three Persons.
One four bedded AC Room in Niharika free of cost.
One four bedded room at Bhavan free of cost.
Maximum of three meals for three persons free to cost at Katra/Bhavan and Prashad.
Prescribed Donation Amount: Rs. 46,000/- 

Category D : INR 75,000

No of Person Allowed:  Five
Facilities Entitled under the Package:Aarti Darshan for five Persons.
One four bedded AC Room and one two bedded AC Room in Niharika free of cost.
One Four Bedded and One Two Bedded room at Bhavan free of cost.
Maximum of three meals for five persons free to cost at Katra/Bhavan and Prashad
Prescribed Donation Amount: Rs. 75,000/- 

(On auspicious days an amount of Rs.21000/- per person is prescribed  for SSVP)

No refund shall be allowed. If after making payments Yatri is not interested the same shall be considered as donation.

 

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