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Ban Ganga Katra

Originating from the southern slope of the Shivalik Range of Himalayas, Ban Ganga is a holy river where devotees like to take a dip before continuing the Mata Vaishno Devi Yatra.

An important stop for the Hindu devotees who desire to perform a pilgrimage at the Bhawan (holy cave of Mata Vaishno Devi), Ban Ganga River has two ghats for taking a holy dip. The river is also an important tributary of the Chenab River.

According to the legend, when Mata Vaishno Devi/Vaishnavi accompanied by Langoor-Veer/Monkey was heading to her abode in Trikuta Hills, he felt thirsty. Thus, the goddess shot an arrow in the ground, and a spring sprang up.

It was named Ban Ganga, as Ban means 'arrow' and Ganga is the holy river in India. It is believed that the goddess washed her hair in the water of the river, and thus, it is also known as Bal Ganga, where Bal means hair.

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