How and Where to Donate at Vaishno Devi?

Most of the people going for Vaishno Devi Yatra, are confused about ‘where to donate’? The answer to this question is at ‘Central Shrine Board’. Now the next question is what is this central shrine board? So let’s talk about it in detail.

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Shrine Board:

The Central Shrine Board is used for accepting and maintaining the donations made by pilgrims. This central board is responsible for carrying out many development programs. Due to presence of such a vice community, it becomes easier to maintain the whole record of donations done by devotees, and also to use it for the development work of temple and its surrounding. In J & K there are total four Shrine counters, one is at Bhawan, another one at Sanjichatt, next at Adhkuwari, and last one is at Niharika Complex, Katra.

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The money kept at such a shrine boars are exempted from income tax, so there is no any limit for the maximum amount of money to donate. In today’s fast growing world, most of the people did at least one mistake, and in the return of these mistakes they prefer to donate something at any of the famous religious places. The trend of such donations is more popular in India, due to which there is continuous increment in the donated properties of temples. There are multiple temples in India, whose yearly turnover is more than 10 crores, some of them are Golden Temple at Amritsar, Vaishno Devi Temple at Kashmir, Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Isckon Temple, Balaji Temple at Hyderabad and so on.

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At these shrine boards, it is not compulsory to make donations only in the form of cash, but cheques and demand drafts are also accepted here. Here the cheques and demand drafts should be payable to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Katra or Jammu. To send these cheques and demand drafts by post, the address of this shrine board is provided below:

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Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board

Central Office, SMVDSB,

Katra – 182 302

Phone – 01991 – 32025

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Due to such a huge rush of devotees in India, there is great demand for such Shrine Boards to maintain the donations. As Vaishno Devi is one of the most famous temples in India, here is also Shrine Boards are more famous, that’s why most of the tourists prefer to stay at ‘Hotels near Shrine Board’.

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Needs and Rules of Registration at Yatra Slip Counter

Katra is a city where most of the devotees come for taking darshan of ‘Mata Vaishnao Devi’. The most important activity to be done by the devotees after reaching at Katra is getting registered for the Vaishnao Devi Yatra, which is carried out at the Yatri Registration counter (YRC) near the Bus Stand, Katra. This registration can also be done online.

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The registration is done by Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, which is the only legal and statutory authority for this task. No other private or public organization is authorized to issue the Yatra slip. The process of registration is completely free and is fully based on computerized system. Yatra Registration Counter, known as (YRC) where this registration process is carried out is situated at Bus stand, Katra. Under this process, a visitor has to register his name along with the number of companions, and then a computerized Slip known as Yatra slip/Parchi is issued to him. This Yatra slip is a documentary permission for them to proceed in his journey up to the main Shrine. He needs to cross the first Check Post of Banganga, within 6 hours of the issue of Yatra slip, which is just 1.5 kilometers away from the YRC. If he fails to do this, his slip will be confiscated at the Check Post and he needs to take a fresh slip altogether.

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The entire process of Yatra Registration is fully computerized, which makes it more convenient, smooth and efficient. Yatries who proceed to Vaishnao devi darshan without this slip, shall be turned back from Banganga check post and not allowed to proceed further. In some extreme conditions, if yatri is found at Bhawan/en-route without yatra slip, then he/she will not only be turned back but a disciplinary action will also be taken against him/her.

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It is important to note that, one Yatra Slip is issued for maximum of 9 members of one family or group. For more members, visitors need to take more than one slip. In case if yatries are in large groups, a separate yatra Slip should be issued for each family.

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Due to all such importance of this YRC, most of the visitors prefer to stay at comfortable ‘Hotels near Yatra Slip Counter’.

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What To Wear In Kashmir??????

The answer to the question “what to wear in Kashmir while traveling” is rely on the valley’s season. If you are visiting Kashmir in summers, then it is advisable to wear cotton clothes. Though, Kashmir is not very hot during summer like other places in India, but still, the weather is a little bit warm. During spring season and autumn season in Kashmir, light woolens are the perfect clothes to wear, because in spring and also in autumn, cool breeze blows in the Kashmir valley. The winters in Kashmir are too cold and chilly, so in this season heavy woolens are the best answer to question of “how to dress up” in Kashmir.

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Now, let’s talk more about the traditional costumes in Kashmir, as whenever we are going to J&K with best ‘Kashmir Holiday Packages’, then we must be aware about each and every tradition of this state. Here you will get complete details about costumes in Kashmir.

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Jammu and Kashmir is well known for embroidery and intricate designs, as they reflect the richness of the culture of the region. Their clothing s designed by considering the cold climate of region. ‘Pheran’ which is the traditional form of dress, is more popular among both men and women.

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Costumes in Kashmir for Men:

Hindu men in Kashmir, usually prefer to wear chiridars whereas Muslims wear salwars  beneath for traditional Pherans. It is the loosely fitted woolen garment which uses Kangri (earthen vessel filled with flaming coal). The main function of Kangri is to keep the wearer warm especially during extreme cold winters. Pathani suit, also known as Khan-dress is again one of the popular costume among mens especially in Srinagar.

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Costumes in Kashmir for Women:

Pheran is again a traditional attire of Kashmiri women’s. Their Pheran usually had zari embroidery on the hem line and collar too. Pheran of Muslim women’s is especially characterized by broad sleeves, reach up to knees. Apart from this the Pheran of Hindu women’s is stretching up to their feet, with narrow down sleeves. Along with Pheran, they also wear red headgears, which are known as ‘’Kasaba’. It is stitched in the form of turban, and is pinned together with ornaments and silver brooches.

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Languages of Kashmir

Kashmir is one of the best tourist destinations in India, due to which there is great demand for best ‘Kashmir Holiday Packages’. Whenever we are going for any of such holidays, we must be aware about the local languages in that state. Being a biggest tourist destination, most of the people in Kashmir are aware about our national language ‘Hindi’, but still to make you more informative, here I am giving some information about the different languages in Kashmir.

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Among all the different languages in Kashmir, the most dominant is the native Kashmiri language. Other languages which are common in Kashmir valley are Urdu, Hindi and English. The details provided below will give you more information about the major languages spoken in Kashmir.

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Kashmiri 

Majority of the population in Kashmir, speaks in Kashmiri language. It is an Indo-Aryan language and which is popularly known as Koshur. This linguistic classification of languages, grouped it into Dardi, Khowar dialects, and Shrinya, by the oppositions.  These languages are spoken in the nearby areas to the valley. Language founders and interpreters have often says that, the above-mentioned accents are fall in that category of languages which can bear the affinity to both the Indo-Aryan as well as to the Indo-Iranian languages.

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Philologists believe that, like that of the earliest Naga inhabitants of mountains of Kashmir which have been cut off from the mainstream Aryans (viz. the Ghandarvas, the Yakshas, the Kinnaras etc.), their language took some time to accept the influences and get merged with the main Aryan languages. The main Naga language was developed by its own and changes naturally like that of any other language.

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Hindi 
It is the second most widely spoken language of Kashmir. Mainly the Kashmiri Pandits and the Gujjar population of Kashmir, prefer to speak in Hindi.

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Urdu 
It is also one of the best known languages in Kashmir, which is spoken by the Muslim population in Kashmir. It is an Indo-European language, which sounds very much similar to Hindi. It is the only language which is written and read from right to left.

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English 
We can easily find local people in Kashmir conversing in English, especially the businessmen, guides, and many such people.

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How To Reach At Kashmir????????

Kashmir is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. It is surrounded by Pakistan, China, and many other famous countries. Due to its popular location, and beautiful tourist spots, number of domestic as well as international travellers comes to Kashmir. Being a popular place, transportation is not a big issue here. Kashmir serves such great transportation facilities, which makes journey of all the foreign and local tourists very comfortable.

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In these vacations, if you planning to spend your holidays at Kashmir, then various ‘Kashmir Holiday Packages’, are available at different sites with various rates. In all these packages the mode of transportation is an important point, depends on which there rates are varying. The various modes of reaching to Kashmir valley of India are air, rail and road. Traveling to Kashmir is quite easy and accessible, as the valley is well linked to all other parts of India with a well-developed network of roads, air and rail. Let’s talk about each of them in detail:

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By Air 
In J & K state, the airports are available at Srinagar, Jammu and Leh. Among them Srinagar Airport is the most famous and biggest one. Srinagar airport is just km away from the city. There are daily flights to Srinagar, from Delhi, Jammu and Mumbai which are operated by Indian Airlines and Jet Airways too. Many international flights are also linked to Srinagar Airport.

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By Rail 
Jammu Tawi, which is approximately 305 km away, is the nearest railway head for Srinagar. Daily trains from Delhi, Pune, Calcutta, Mumbai and many other important cities arrive at this station only. During peak seasons of holidays, as there is a heavy rush of tourists for Kashmir, additional trains are operate to and from this station.

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By Road 
National Highway 1-A is the main highway, which connects Srinagar with Jammu. J & K State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) and also number of Private Super deluxe, A-class and B-class busses are operate to and from the state. Private taxis are also available for the tourists, to travel to Kashmir.

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Jama Masjid in Kashmir At Srinagar

Jama Masjid is a mosque at Srinagar, which comes under the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated at Nowhatta, in the middle of the old city. It is an important mosque in Srinagar, which is built by Sultan Sikandar in 1400 AD. Later his son Sultan Sikandar, and Zain-ul-Abidin got the mosque extended. 370 wooden pillers and beautiful courtyard along with Indo-Saracenic architecture are some of the attractions of Jama Masjid. On each friday, the mosque is flocked by thousands of Muslims to offer prayers. This mosque has seen suffered from several destruction till date, as it was ruined thrice by fire and was reconstructed each time.

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Another feature of the mosque is the peace and tranquility inside it, standing out against the hustle of the old bazars around it. Jama Masjid is known as one of the sacred mosques in India. Be it the holiness or the conatructional elegance, the mosque is unparalleled in every aspect. The area of Jama Masjid extends up to an area of 384 feet by 381 feet. This spacious mosque holds a capacity to accommodate more than 33,333 people offering prayer at a time. However, there is a perfectly square garden in the middle and the mosque is surrounded by wide lanes on all the four sides. At the peak, about 100,000 people offer prayers together.

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While looking into the origin and construction if Jama Masjid, the name of Maharaja Pratap Singh comes several times as it was during his Kingdom that the maintenance and repair works of the mosque was carried out. Pratap Singh enthusiastically encouraged the reconstruction of Jama Masjid many a time and even offered financial assistance too. The mosque was destroyed thrice by fire and rebuilt each time by Maharaja Pratap Singh. Despite if this, Jama Masjid still today stands tall and evokes the glorious historical stories to each visitor.

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Such a beautiful feature of Srinagar i.e ‘Jama Masjid’ must be included in every ‘Kashmir Holiday Packages’ which are selected by the tourists while going to Kashmir.

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Kashmir’s Seasons

Set like a jeweled crown on the map of India, Kashmir is a multi-faceted diamond, changing its view with the seasons, but each of its views are always extravagantly beautiful. Kashmir has 4 distinct seasons each with its own peculiar character and distinctive charm namely spring, summer, autumn and winter.

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Spring : March – May

It comes alive in spring when nature bedecks the valley with blossom after blossom : almond, cherry, apply, peach, pears, pansies, narcissi, daises and many more. Throughout the valley thousands of fruits and flowers burst into bloom exuding and alluring fragrance. Temperature during this time is min 3.5 degree centigrade to max 24.6 degree centigrade. This is the season when Srinagar experience rains, but the showers are brief.

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Summer : June – August

In summer the melting snow of the mountains fill the brooks and rivers with gushing water. Only a touch of white peaks on the top crags tells the tale of winter past. Characteristics of summer are the floating gardens on the Dal Lake, trout fishing, trekking in the Himalayas, golf, water sports and bird watching etc. light woolens may be required to wear out of Srinagar. At this time temperature is min 14.4 degree centigrade to max 30.8 degree centigrade.

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Autumn : September – November

Summer gives way to autumn. Nature packs up for the season with abandon leaving a trail of gold mellowed leaves. Red fire like glowing Chinar leaves start falling. One of the famous highlights of autumn is the saffron fields of Pampore, for which Kashmir is very famous. At this time temperature is min 2.0 degree centigrade to max 28.3 degree centigrade. Temperature drop November when heavy woolens are essential.

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Winter : December – February

By December the winter season starts to fall and covers the valley to hibernate. But at the same time skiing at Gulmarg and the Himalayan chakore and wild duck shooting season starts which tourists have been enjoying since the British Raj. Also if by any chance the Dal Lake freezes then one can enjoy the ice skating too. From 1987 heli-skiing has also started in certain new areas. The snow covered landscapes of Kashmir, being watched from beside the warmth of a fire, is a joy that cannot be described to anyone who has not experienced it.

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Kashmir is the only place safe from monsoon, which is a natural phenomenon in the rests part of India. To enjoy such a beautiful seasons, you must visit this state by selecting one of the best ‘Kashmir Holiday Packages’ available at various sites.

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