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Bhairon Mandir Katra

Bhairon Temple sits at a distance of 3 km from the Bhawan or the Holy Cave of Mata Vaishno Devi in Katra. It is the next pilgrimage destination after the main sanctum sanctorum of the goddess that pilgrims visit. The sacred yatra is only considered complete when the devotees pay homage at Bhairon Mandir.

The legend has it, the severed head of Bhairon Nath tossed to the adjacent hill to Trikuta. While dying, Bhairon realized his mistakes and his futile pursuit and asked Mata Vaishno Devi for forgiveness. The goddess not only forgave him but also gave him the boon of being worshipped by the devotees who would come seeking her blessing at the Bhawan.

The temple is situated at the adjacent hill of Trikuta at an elevation of 2017 m. A steep climb leads to this sacred shrine in Katra. However for the elderly and those who are unable to walk ponies and palanquins are also available. A havan kund marks as an important attraction at Bhairon Temple, the ashes of which are considered holy.

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