Weekend Getaway Destination: Sukrala Mata

At a distance of about 75 Kms from Kathua ‘Sukrala Mata’, the most famous shrine dedicated to a mother goddess is situated. She is virtually the presiding deity of Town Billawar and its vicinity at a height of about 3500 feet almost 9.60 kilometres from the main town.2438_sukrala_mata_bilwara_jammu

The temple is said to have been been built by an exiled prince of Chamba, Madho Singh. The holy shrine is the abode of goddess Mal Devi, the re-incarnation of Sharda Devi. The temple has white-line-coated edifice which stands erect majestically. The pilgrims have to cover many steps to reach venerated temple.

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Inside the temple, the four-armed Goddess has manifested herself in the form of a stone slab with a sword in one of Her hands while riding a brass lion with a silver-mounted head. Behind Her is an image of Mahishasur Murdini triumphantly standing on the body of Mahishasur.

Pilgrims in thousand numbers visit the Shrines to pay their obeisance on every Tuesday and Sunday and particularly during Navrataras, the number goes upto over 50 thousand.

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Every year in April during Navrataras, a Charri Yatra is held starting from Shri Ram Ji Mandir, Purani Mandi to Mata Sukrala Devi Shrine. The auspious yatra is organized every year by Shri Mata Sukrala Devi Sewa Dal. An all night ‘Mata ka Jagran’ is also organised the night in the temple premises every year.

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