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Situated on the banks of River Ganga, Vindhyachal Mata Mandir has been drawing devotees, spiritual seekers and curious travellers to experience a part of India’s rich spiritual and religious heritage. Shakti in the form of Goddess Adi Shakti Maa Vindhyavasini is worshipped at this temple, and her name implies the one who resides in the Vindhya. Most devotees and visitors firmly believe that whatever one wishes for and asks the Goddess is granted there and then. From immersing yourself in spirituality to marvelling at the scenic surroundings, you are in for a delightful and profound experience at Vindhyachal.

Vindhyachal Mata Mandir History And Significance

Vindhyachal Mata Mandir is located on the banks of the sacred River Ganga, amidst captivating surroundings.

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From the rich tapestry of Hindu mythology emerges the story of the origin of Shaktipeeth steeped in the belief that Goddess Sati’s body parts fell on earth were the reason for these consecrations and holy sites. Among the 51 Shakti Peethas, VIndhyachal Mandir stands uniquely different as a Shaktipeeth. The Goddess decided to inhabit this holy place after her birth. According to the story mentioned in the Durga Saptashati, Yashoda gave birth to a baby girl named Goddess Durga the same night as Krishna was born. When Kansa tried to kill the baby, she miraculously disappeared, and therefore, the Vindhyachal mountain became her home.

All in all, pilgrims and visitors are drawn to the mystical energy, the age-old traditions, and the palpable experience they witness in this sacred place. Vindhyachal is truly unique, where the Goddess Maa Vindhyavasini is revered in her complete form, unlike other Shaktipeeths where only a part of her is worshipped. Also known as Jagrutpeeth, this shrine is a testament of deep faith, which is evident from the belief that one’s wishes are often fulfilled.

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Places To Visit Near Vindhyachal Mata Mandir

Discover the ultimate attractions near Vindhyachal Mata Mandir to add a unique dimension to your vacation. As outdoor enthusiasts and zealots alike, you can have a wholesome experience.

1. Ashtabhuja Temple

Ashtabhuja Temple, a must visit places to explore near Vindhyachal Mata Mandir

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Perched on Vindhyachal Mountain and surrounded by scenic views, the Ashtabhuja Temple reveres Goddess Ashtabhuja, which means ‘mother with eight hands’. She is supposed to be the reincarnation of Goddess Saraswati, known for learning, wisdom, music, and the arts. She is depicted with eight arms holding various weapons, such as a bow, arrows, a sword, a book, and a conch.

The uphill climb to this mystical temple housed in a long, dark cave is fascinating. The tunnel leading to the cave is well-illuminated to ensure devotees and visitors do not face any problems. There are about 200 steps that lead right to the main temple structure, which houses a small sanctum sanctorum and quite a few smaller shrines and temples. For the convenience of pilgrims and for them to enjoy a panoramic view of the surroundings, the ropeway facility is also available, ensuring they can easily reach the temple premises.

2. Maa Kali Khoh Temple

The view of Goddess Kali, Hindu deity.

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Nestled amid dense woodlands, meandering streams, and lush foliage is this cavern sanctuary dedicated to Goddess Kali. This ancient and hollow sanctuary is visited by devotees and travellers curious to experience the spiritual aura and delve into the enchanting aspects of Hindu mysticism, devotion, and age-old customs. Year-round, tantriks offer several pujas and carry out rituals aiming to fulfil the desires of the devotees.

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3. Sacred Ponds

The view of the River Ganges near Vindhyachal Mata Mandir.

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There are several sacred ponds in Vindhyachal, and they offer a fascinating experience to pilgrims and travellers. These ponds are believed to be a source of purity, and when devotees take a dip, they are cleansed of all their sins. Many also experience the water’s healing powers. Surrounded by beautiful hills, each of these ponds has been formed by fascinating legends and stories, right from the days of the Ramayana.

4. Sita Kund

The scenic view of Vindyachal.

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Surrounded by beautiful hills, Sita Kund is a revered pilgrimage site where it is believed that during their exile, Lord Rama created this serene water body for Goddess Sita by piercing an arrow into the earth, causing water in the form of the fountain to spring. Legend holds that taking a dip in the kund can cleanse one’s soul and wash one’s sins away. Sita Kund has emerged as a popular spot for devotees and tourists who come to explore the surroundings and take a dip in this holy water, which is known to possess medicinal properties.

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5. Motiya Talab

Motiya Talab was also created by Lord Rama during his exile on the way to rescue Sita from Ravana

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Named after the pearls found in the pond, Motiya Talab was also created by Lord Rama during his exile on the way to rescue Sita from Ravana. Though known for its healing properties with many devotees visiting to take a holy dip, this place is also famous as a picnic spot or to enjoy the lush green scenic views of the surroundings. Besides the religious significance, this place is also known for its bird spotting.

6. Nag Kund

The panoramic view of Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh.

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The origin of this miraculous kund is a fascinating tale tracing back to when the ocean was churned, and Lord Shiva had consumed the poison that came out of the ocean. When the Nagas approached him to protect them from the poison, he decided to drink the poison and hold it in his throat, thus turning it into blue. To cool Lord Shiva’s throat, the Nagas offered him water from their sacred ponds, one of which was Nag Kund. Known to be bestowed with medicinal properties and the ability to cure various ailments, devotees and pilgrims come from far and wide to dip in this sacred pool to get well and seek blessings from Lord Shiva.

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7. Lal Bhairav Temple

The view of a pooja thaali.

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Near the entrance of the Vindhyavasini Devi Mandir, you will find a smaller temple with the idol of Deity Bhairav and devotees are supposed to visit there first before entering the Vindhyachal Mandir. It is believed that Bhairav is bestowed with the responsibility of protecting the goddess. Thus, visiting the Vindhyavasini Devi Mandir is incomplete without paying homage to the deity Bhairav.

Highlights Of Vindhyachal Mata Mandir

Colourful Durga idol adorned with flowers at the Vindhyachal Mata Mandir during Navratri

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Trikon Parikrama
Trikona Parikrama, literally translating to Triangle Circuit, is a pilgrimage route to pay homage to the Goddesses Vindhyachal (a form of Durga), Ashtabhuja (the Incarnation of Saraswati), and Kali. As a devotee or a spiritual seeker, you can start the pilgrimage at Vindhyachal Temple, proceed to Ashtabhuja, and then round it off at Kali Koh. This spiritual sojourn is often undertaken with great devotional fervour combined with a love for nature’s lush green carpeted hills.

Navratri Mela
During the nine-day Navratri festival, the entire place is immersed in an aura of spiritual devotion and festive fervour. It is a time when the entire place comes alive with festivities, and any devotee of Shakti will find themselves blessed to be in such a vibrant environment, soaking in the rich cultural ethos and being a part of religious traditions.

Vivaha Panchami
Vivah Panchami, Lord Ram and Sita’s wedding anniversary, is celebrated at the temple with great enthusiasm and exuberance. Special rituals take place during this festival, and couples often visit the temple to receive blessings for a happy married life.

Kajali Mahotsav
In June, the temple celebrates the vibrant festival of music, art, and culture with Kajali Mahotsav, during which the temple courtyard resonates with rich folk music and songs. Anyone with a taste of classical and folk music must plan a trip during this vibrant music and cultural festival to truly immerse themselves in culturally and religiously rich surroundings.

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Vindhyachal Mata Mandir Timings

Several aarti ceremonies take place at Vindhyachal Mata Mandir filling the air with spiritual vibes.

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Vindhyachal Mandir timings are as follows:

Darshan Timings Aarti Timings
5:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pratah Aarati – 4:00 AM to 5AM
1:30 PM to 7:15 PM Madhyanha Aarati – 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
8:15 PM to 9:30 PM Sandhya Aarati – 7:15 PM to 8:15 PM
10:30 PM to 12:00 AM Shayan Aarati – 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM

How To Reach Vindhyachal Mata Mandir

Vindhyachal Mata Mandir is connected to multiple railway stations and can be conveniently accessed.

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By Train

Suppose you are planning a trip to Vindhyachal. In that case, you can book your train tickets from any of the major cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, and Varanasi, to either Vindhyachal Railway Station or even Mirzapur Railway Station. The temple is hardly 1km away from Vindhyachal Railway Station.

By Road

Vindhyachal Mata Mandir is extremely well connected by road. One can drive down to the temple via NH-2, also known as Delhi—Kolkata Road. Private and state-run buses are available from various cities for those travelling by public transport to Vindhyachal Temple.

By Air

Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Varanasi is the nearest airport to Vindyachal Mata Mandir at a distance of nearly 68 to 70 kilometres. Most popular carriers such as Indigo, Air India, Vistara and SpiceJet fly to Varanasi from all the major cities.

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Vindhyachal Mata Mandir is a testimony to the power, resilience, and strength of Shakti cascaded down through times immemorial. Any traveller seeking to understand the philosophy of Hinduism and delving into the mythological richness must plan a trip to Vindhyachal Mata Mandir, especially during the festive season of Navratri. So, what are you waiting for? Book a trip to Uttar Pradesh now!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Vindhyachal Mata Mandir

When is the best time to visit the temple?

The best time to visit the temple is between October and March.

Is photography and videography allowed?

Photography and videography are not allowed within the temple premises.

How many steps are there at Vindhyachal Mata Mandir?

Devotees and visitors need to climb 160 stone stairs to reach the temple.

How much time does it take to visit Vindhyachal Temple?

There are different darshan timings and due to devotees visiting this place in large numbers, it may take up to 2 to 3 hours to finish your darshan and return.

Is there any dress code you need to follow at Vindhyachal Mata Mandir?

Men can wear Indian clothes such as kurta and pyjamas or shirts and trousers. Women must wear Indian clothes such as saree, half saree, kurta and churidaar. Jeans, skirts, shorts, sleeveless tops, short length T-shirts are not allowed.

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