Katra - Place To See Around| June 30, 2012
Aghar Jitto: It is dedicated to Baba Jitto who was a great devotee of Vaishno Devi and laid down his life to fight the oppression of landlords. The spring flowing in front of the shrine is believed to have special powers and if a pregnant woman takes a dip in the spring, it would ensure protection for the unborn baby.
Dera Baba Banda: The gurudwara built on banks of Chenab River attracts people of all faiths, is dedicated to Sikh military commander Banda Singh Bahadur, who sacked the Mughal provincial capital Sirhind in early 18th century. Revered as a martyr of the Khalsa, ashes of Banda Bahadur along with an arrow given to him by Guru Gobind Singh are preserved in the gurudwara. The annual three-day mela held in April is very popular.
Kol Kandholi: It is believed to be the first darshan of Vaishno Devi and a must on the itinerary of every pilgrim. According to legend, Mata Vaishno Devi stayed here as a child. The goddess as a child gave a bowl to quench the thirst of her playmates. The well created by the goddess’ miracle never runs dry. Kol Kandholoi is in Nagarota village on the Jammu-Katra road.
Baba Dhansar Temple: The temple in Karua village, 15 km from Katra is famous for natural shivling. The annual mela held during Shivrartri is also popular.