BEGINNING OF YATRA:
There is a relationship of faith and attraction between the devotee and the Devi/Devtas existing in this universe since the creation of this Universe. Without this faith the world could not go further. Devi/Devtas with their spiritual/godly power helped the human being at every step which created faith in the human being towards the God/ Devi/Devtas. The human being used to go and even now in this scientific world uses to go to these spiritually professed places (Shrines)to seek solace and spiritual help from there. When a human being seeks some blessings from Devi Devtas and those blessings bring fruits and become realities, the human being thinks to visit these places (Shrines) again and again to pay his sincere thanks/obeisance and express affection to the deity. In this process he offers something in return, called BHAINT, to the deity as a token of good faith and love. This is how the concept of Yatra started.
Like other Tirath Sthans, personal / family Yatras used to be taken to the Shrine of Hudh Mata since immemorial times, but in a congregational form it started in the year 1983, when the first Yatra was started by a local devotee namely Mahatma Dina Nath Ji Tirathwasi.
- PANCH NANARAYAN MANDIR, DHARALAN NAGRI KATHUA ( SMADHISATHAL OF MAHATMA DINA NATH (TEERATHWASI), SHIV MANDIR AIRWAN:
This is the pious place where Mahatma Dina Nath Ji, Tirathwasi the first organizer of Shri Hudh Mata Trisandhaya Yatra left for his heavenly abode. He was originally a resident of Kiyar village of Tehsil Dachhan. He had to shift his domicile due to militancy in the area. He was a staunch follower of Hinduism and worked hard for preserving the ethos and customs of Hinduism in the area. He taught the way of worship to the illiterate generation of the time and was a revered and a religious personality of Dachhan. He performed various Teerath Yatras and was, therefore, called Teerathwasi. After his death his devotees erected a Samadhi in his name and memory and have also completed the construction the Panch Narayan Mandir which Mahatma Ji had left incomplete. Since he was the founder of this Yatra, therefore, the Committee decided to start the Yatra from here. In this connection a Trishul Yatra is taken out from here which is joined by other Trishul Yatrs from different places.
- CHEECHI MATA MANDIR SAMBA JAMMU:
This is the first Shrine in the way from Kathua to Dachhan Kishtwar and is connected with the Shakti Peeths of Mata Sati. It is believed that small (CHICHI) finger of the one hand of Matta Satti has fallen here.
- SHRI HUDH MATA MANDIR BELI CHARANA JAMMU:
This is the temple in the name of Shri Hudh Mata in Beli Charana Jammu.
- RANBIRESHWAR MANDIR,JAMMU:
Yatra, starting from Kathua, is received in RANBIRESHWAR MANDIR. After a brief stay here a Grand Shobha Yatra is taken out from here which passes through Indira Chowk, Hari Market, Raghu Nath Bazar, City Chowk, Purani Mandi, Raj Tilak Road and culminates at Geeta Bhawan for night halt in Geeta Bhawan. On the next morning the Yatra proceeds for Kishtwar.
After paying their obeisance in Kol Kandoli (Vaishno Mata) Mandir, Nagrota, Chandi Mata Mandir, Nagrota, Kali Mata Mandir Rehmbal, Durga Mata Mandir Chopra Shop, Udhampur, Baba Kurmat Mandir Assar, and Sarthal Devi Mandir, Thathri, the Yatris reach Gouri Shanker Manddir Kishtwar for night halt.
- GOURI SHANKER MANDIR KISHTWAR :
This famous red colour Mandir is located on the Northern end of famous Chowgan of Kishtwar. Chowgan itself is a gifted given to the people of Kishtwar town by the God which has a natural grass turf that transforms it into a soft green carpet and is a blessings in disguise.
The Mandir is constructed on one corner of a small water body ( Sar).The reflection of the Mandir when seen in the water body reminds us of the reflection of the Golden Temple seen its pious water. Adjacent to it is also a Dev sthan in the premises of the Mandir.
- NEEL KANTH MANDIR BHANDARKOOTH.
This is an old temple and is situate at the confluence of River Chanderbhaga and Marusudar
- ASHT BHUJA MANDIR BHATA PALMAR
A grand reception is given to the Yatra at Kongwari by the devotees of Palmar. It appears that Mata is not the Mata of Dachhan but is that of Palmar. They have high regards for the Mata and the Yatra. They serve the Yatris whole heartedly with love, affection and devotion by arranging Langers.
This was the first night halting station for the Hudhmata Yatris after Gouri Shanker Mandir, Kishtwar. Due to availability of road connectivity it has now been shifted to Sounder. The people of Ikhalla also used to serve the Yatris in those hard days with devotion, love, affection and wholeheartedly. The Committee shall never forget the services of the devotees of Ikhalla in extending the yatra programme. Even now-a-days, they arrange langars for the Yatris.
- RADDHA KRISHAN MANDIR SOUNDER DACHHAN :
Trishul Yatras from different places reach Radha Krishan Mandir, Sounder on 3rd day. On the 4th day, the pious CHHARI of Sh.Hudh Mata is taken out from this temple. This pious CHHARI is in the shape of a solid Silver Murti of the weight of approximately one Kg with folded hands which Mahatma Dina Nath Ji got prepared from the silver ornaments donated by the Ladies of Dachhan. So the devotees especially the ladies have great attachment and devotion with the pious CHHARI because they have contributed something for its existence. The folded hands of Mata symbolize her helplessness in the Universe as no one respected her and her bridegroom (Shiv Ji) due to the hatred attitude of her father DAKSHPRAJAPATI. With folded hands she jumped into the Agni Kund and ended her existence. Through out the year, this pious Murti is kept in the personal Mandir of Pt. Devi Dass JI Raina, Chairman of the Committee, where daily Pooja Archana is performed. During the days of Yatra only, the Murti is first brought to Radha Krishan Manddir Sounder wherefrom it is taken out in the shape of CHHARI in a well decorated palanquin.
- SHIVLIMGAMS AT SOUNDER DRAMAN DACHHAN:
These are broken SHIVLINGAM-JALHARS. These were buried in earth on one side of a rice growing field, nearly 50-60 away meters from the present location. The earth was in the shape of a heap. The field was being ploughed for seasonal crop (Rice) by the BULLOCKS. After ploughing the field the BULLOCKS were set free. They went towards the heap of earth and started removing the earth with their horns. After removing some earth these broken SHIVLINGAM-JALHARS became visible and thereafter these were shifted to this place (Sounder Dramman). The Pindi of ZARDHOOR MAHARAJ is also existing here. In addition to these broken SHIVLINGAM-JALHARS, some bronze coins were also recovered from this place when it was being levelled for the construction of Helipad. Some villagers are still in possession of these coins. If the Archaeology Department of Government of India or of the Government of Union Territory of J&K takes steps to excavate the area, the remains of an ancient Shiv Mandir shall certainly come out. Perhaps on the name of Shiv Mandir, this village has been named as Sounder
- SANTOSHI MATA MANDIR LOHARNA DACHHAN:
About 2 Kms away from Radha Kirshan Mandir,Sounder comes Loharna village. Some descendants of Kaiwal Landlord, who used to live in Kaikooth below Hudh Mata Shrine also live here. They are devotees of Hudh Mata and have great faith in HER. Nearby is the Dev Sthan of Brahma Ji. It is the Namaskar Sthal of Brahma Parvat wherefrom a part of. Brahma ParvatJi is visible. This temple is constructed on a big bolder/stone and looks distinct from other temples.
- PANCH MUKHI SHIV TEMPLE SUID DACHHAN:
The Yatra crosses through Suid. There is also an old temple. The Shivlingam installed in the temple has been taken out from the nearby flowing river by Shri Balak Ram Numberdar, Suid and is a natural one.
- RAGHU NATH JI TEMPLE DILGOOTH JANAKPUR DACHHAN:
This is the oldest temple in the whole are. It is about 400 (Four hundred) years old. A devotee of this village donated about 10 Kanals of land for the construction of this temple. At present besides Hanuman Ji Mandir, and Some Shivlingams, it houses Ram Kala Kendra, Hudh Mata Committee office, and Vidhaya Bharti Mandir school. About 50/60 years before, it was repaired by M/s R.B. Jodhamal Forest lessee firm. It has recently been renovated by Ram Kala Kendar Committee Dilgooth and is almost complete.
- VIRAT MATA MANDIR DILGOOTH DACHHAN :
This Mandir is dedicated to Maha Kali and is constructed by the Hudh Mata Committee about 30 years back. It is constructed on the top of a mount hill where from whole of Dachhan is visible. In fact the MATA keeps HER vigil on the whole Dachhan from here. The pious CHHARI is stayed here for night halt.
- SCRIPTS ON ROCK AT SIRSHI DACHHAN: –
Beside these places there are some inscriptions on a rock in an ancient un deciphered language at Sirchi about one Km away from Dilgooth and near this place some Bowlies (Bathing ghats of stone) of ancient times have been excavated which can also attract devotees for pilgrimage.
- TURIEN BHAM
This is a forest area in between Tunder and Prangas villages. It is full of deodar trees. This area is considered pious as some herbs grow here which are used in the Puja of Devi Devtas. Therefore the Deodar trees grown here are also considered pious. That is why the timber used in the construction of Ram Mandir Kaikooth just below the Hudh Mata Bhawan was carried on their backs by the residents of Dachhan. It is a distance of about 30 Kms from Turien Bham. This spot is visible from Sounder to Dilgooth and the Yatris can have a glimpse of it.
- 1 PANDAV DAIJAN :
It is believed that Pandavas have spent some period of their exile in this area also and some memorable remains of their works still exist here. It is said that Pandavas prepared the rice growing fields of Dachhan with their nails and then removed the earth from their nails with these stones which are called Daijan in local language, a revered name of stones, and these are still existing at Pandav Daijan (Panjdhara) Dachhan. A Shiv temple has been constructed by the devotees of Panjdhara with the financial help of late Capt. Gokal Chand in early eightees.
- DURGA MATA MANDIR PANJDHARA: This Mandir exists in the middle of Panjdhara
- BHEEM KA JHARNA i.e. BHUMAN CHHON:
Other places like Bheem Ka Jharna (Water fall where Bheem used to Bath). Hand and foot prints of Mata Kunti (Kuntha Matayened Hathe.) also exist at Dhonagrad (suid) about one and half KM away from Dilgooth.
- TUNNEL AT DHONAGRAD AND BHATISTHAL CAVE:
About one Km from Village Suid (Dachhan) is a Tunnel called Rishiskuth. According to local tales this tunnel leads to Zanskar- Kargil District of J&K. Some local adventures travelled in the tunnel half a Km but could not go further. It is said that a dog disappeared near the tunnel and appeared after some period in Zanskar/Ladakh. If the authenticity of the story of the tunnel is investigated and proved by Archaeology Department, a lot of tourists shall be attracted. Moreover it can pave way for the construction of another Highway to Leh Ladakh. .Near the entry of the cave, there are inscriptions on a rock in un deciphered ancient language, may be in Brahmi script.
21 SHIV MANDIR ANANT NALLAH DACHHAN:
There are two Mandirs in Anant Nallah. One is dedicated to Lord Shiva. An old Shiv lingam is installed in it. As per locals, on Maha Shiv Ratri day, drum beats of DHOOL NAGARAS and the sweet tune of Flute is heard on the mountain of this temple.
- HUDH MATA TRISHUL MANDIR, ANANT NALLAH:
It is a small Mandir constructed recently in 2017 . As per a local tale, when Pujari Maha Nand became totally unable to move and go to the Shrine for pooja Archana , MATA herself gave him this Trishul as a blessing for his selfless services as her sign (CHIN/ NISHANI)and asked him to worship it at home. This Trishul was in possession of the descendant family of said Pujari which they had kept in their house. Since the Trishul had great sanctity and connection with the MATA, the villagers insisted the family to keep it in the newly constructed Mandir for Darshana.
- GOOGATH / GOWKOOTH TEMPLE;
Googath/Gowkooth is the night halting station of Yatra after Dachhan. A Mandir is constructed here also.
- BHAIRAV DARSHAN (SHIVLIMGAM) HAWAL :
This is also a natural Shivlingam and is worshiped in the name of Trisandheshwar, Bhairav, ( Sewak of Mata). One Km ahead of it is the worth seeing and worshipping another natural Shivlangam at Pransan.
- SHRI RAM MANDIR KAIKOOT :
Kaikoot is a huge green meadow with gentle slopes where the silence is broken only by the tinkle of cow-bells. The meadow is surrounded by perpetual snow-capped mountains with heart stealing silver coloured waterfalls. There is a beautiful temple made of Deodar (Cedar) wood. It is believed that the Deodar wood had been brought from “Turin Bham” forest approximately 30 kms away from this site located in between villages of Tunder & Prangas. This Mandir is known as SHRI RAM MANDIR KAIKOOT. The construction of the Mandir dates back to 16th / 17th century A.D. under the reign of Raja Maha Singh of then Kishtwar State now District Kishtwar( Facts Taken from a book titled as “Tarekh Kishtwar” authored by Hashmet Ullah Khan and in Book “History of kishtwar” Written by D.C.Sharma.)
One more interesting story about this temple is that once there were living two saints (Guru and Chella i.e Disciple). Their main aim was to climb the Holly Brahma Peak. The saints were the staunch devotees of Lord Brahma. Every day they used to attempt to climb the holy peak but failed to secure their destination in a single day, so they used to sleep in a mid-way but next day found themselves on the same place where from they had started climbing. Their attempt continued for long twelve years. One day the Guru Saint had gone for usual bath early morning and asked his disciple not to open the lid of the pot in which he had put the food for cooking. However, the disciple in anxiety opened the lid and saw a snake boiling inside the pot. The disciple didn’t disclose this to his Guru. In routine, the Guru Saint came back and divided the food into two equal parts but the Chela (Disciple) refused to take it and Saint ate his share also. By eating that food he got the flying power and flew towards the Brahma Peak which was his main aim. In this way, Guru Saint obtained salvation after long twelve years’ of dedication, devotion and faith. After seeing this, the Chela (Disciple) also ate the left over grains of the food, he also got flying power, however, in reverse direction.
- NAMASKAR SATHAL:
This place is about 1-2 km below from Darbar. From here Shri Hudhmata Darbar Is visible to the pilgrims/devotees.
- HUDH MATA BHAWAN(PINDI ROOP DARSHEN OF MATA):
This is the first small cemented temple construed in the Bhawan. It is roofed with one stone slab. Before this, there used to be a wooden temple constructed by one devotee namely Sh. Jodh Ram Thakur, a resident of Anant Nalla. Every year, it used to be washed away by the snow avalanches and he used to re-assemble/construct the same regularly till it was made of concrete. In fact, he is the person who informed Mahatma Dina Nath Ji about this miraculous temple and the Trisandhaya Nadi. Before, that it was within the knowledge of few, who used to live nearby and those who used to rear their live stock It is said that in summers whenever the locals used to go there to see their live stock and if they did not find them despite many attempts, they used to come to this place and prey to the Goddess to help them, then within few minutes they used to see them within the vicinity of the Shrine or a little away from it. These are the initial happenings which created and lightened the faith of MATA in the hearts and the minds of the locals. Now, whenever a herdsman has to go for the search of live stock, he first bows here, pays his obeisance to the deity and then goes further; he surely succeeds in the mission. This is how this MATA/ SHRINE came to lime light.
Yatra reaches Bhawan on 7th day ( Ashad Shakul Pakh Ashtami) where a Yajyen and grand congregation is held. Besides outsider Yatris devotees from all the villages of Dachhan participate in this religious function. There is great hustle and bustle in the wilderness and the vicinity of the Shrines. The devotees wait for the whole year to come and meet their MOTHER , THE GODDESS, and the GODDESS also waits for the whole year to meet and embrace her children with affection and love. Every one feels the presence of the GODDESS with him and in that bliss the devotees / pilgrims forget their fatigue, pain etc which they have undergone to reach here.. After having Darshan and paying obeisance to the deity the devotees/pilgrims proceed further to have a bath in the pious waters of Trisandhaya Nadi, Doodh Ganga, Brahamsar and then have Darshan of BRAHMA PARVAT.
- GARBH JOON:
Like that of Mata Vaishno Devi in Katra (J&K) here is also Garbh joon where the Yatris pass through it with much difficulty.
- SHIV GUFA:
There is a small cave in which three natural Shivlingams exist. Milky coloured water naturally falls on these Shivlingams from the roof of the cave.) .
- HUDH KUND:
Deep hollow space on the top of the mountain wherefrom the shrine had slipped down to the present location is known as HUDHKUND.
- DANDH HOI CAVE:
There is a big bolder/stone. It is naturally situated in such a manner that on all sides it has open space where under about one hundred pilgrims can stay. It was used as the halting space for the Yatris. During rainy days the domestic animals also use it as a shelter and saves them from rains, hailstorms and snow.
- TRISANDHAYA MATA SHRINE:
About two and a half km away from the Holy Hudh Mata Shrine is a Holy Stream (NADI) known as TRISANDHAYA MATA which sometimes miraculously flows thrice a day from the top of a hill and stops naturally.“TRISANDHAYA” means three times of worship as per Hindu philosophy i.e. early Morning, Noon and Evening. It is not a regular flowing stream (Nadi) like other Streams (Nadis) and mostly remains dry. When the stream flows the volume of water is so much enough that a water mill can easily function. There is neither any lake nor any pond on the top of the hill where from the water could flow or spill. The astonishing fact is that water after flowing for 2-3 hours recedes flowing from the bottom of the stream (Nadi) towards upper reach. One can see the water coming from the upper reach but from the bottom/ lower side, it starts decreasing. After two-three hours even a single drop of water is not seen in the Nadi. Usually, Pilgrims feel lucky enough to have a bath in this pious water. This type of unique darshan has never been heard or seen existing anywhere.
Doodh Ganga is another religious stream which originates from the bottom of the great Brahma Peak. It has inland drainage system. Its water comes out in fountain form, after digging a few inches of the sand The sand mixes with the oozing water of the spring and looks white like boiling milk, therefore, it has got the name of Doodh Ganga.
At a distance of about 6.5 km from Shri Hud Mata Shrine is Brahamsar (Braham means lord Brahama & Sar means bathing pool), which is believed to be the bathing pond of Lord Brahama Ji, located at the base of Brahma Parvat. During summer season the pond is surrounded by verities of natural flowers. Silver-coloured water of pond and multi coloured flowers around it looks like moon and stars in cerulean sky. By seeing this, one feels that god’s love for his wonderland is legendary. The clear water of the pond reflects the Brahama peak and its surrounding flowers. It is believed that by taking a holy dip in it the devotees/pilgrims wash away their sins.
- BRAHMA PARVAT:
Brahama Parvat is believed to be the abode of Lord Brahma, the creator of entire cosmos. It is believed that this Parvat inspite of having less height than Mount Everest, Naga Parvat, Nanda Devi, K2. Kanchanjuga etc. is still virgin. No mountaineer of the world has reached on its top. Many mountaineers used to come here with the mission of reaching the top, but failed. There is no official record to this effect either with the District Administration or the State Government.