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Shri Machail Mata Yatra

Machail Mata Pilgrimage Emerges as a Major Spiritual and Adventurous Journey in Machail, Paddar District Kishtwar of Jammu & Kashmir.

The ancient Himalayan pilgrimages, crafted by Hindu sages over centuries, encapsulate the essence of wanderlust, spirituality, and adventure. Among the revered deities, Maa Chandi, the living goddess, holds a significant place. Backed by Vedic myths, spiritual beliefs, and astronomical references, her existence transcends time. Notably, the village of Machail in Paddar has recently gained prominence as a place of immense religious significance and sanctity due to the presence of the revered Shri Chandi Mata temple.

Each year, on the auspicious occasion of the first Bhadon or Bhadoon Sankranti (15th or 16th August), devotees from all over Paddar gather outside the Chandi Mata temple in Machail to offer prayers and seek the blessings of the deity.

The grand procession of the holy mace, known as Holi Chhari, belonging to Goddess Chandi Mata, commences from the village of Chinote Bhaderwah, the ancestral home of Thakur Kulbir Singh

Under his esteemed guidance, the procession embarks on a journey to Machail, accompanied by devotees singing devotional songs, beating drums, playing flutes, and chanting mantras. In recent times, the yatra (pilgrimage) has also started from Jammu. This yatra has played a pivotal role in showcasing the unique aspects of Paddar and fostering the spirit of adventure among people. The procession commences from Bhaderwah, reaches Pul Doda by mid-day, and continues towards Kishtwar, passing through Thathri, Drabshalla, Kandni, and Hasti, finally reaching Kishtwar around 4 pm. On the next day, the yatra proceeds from Kishtwar towards Atholi Paddar.The Machail Yatra pilgrimage to the high-altitude Himalayan shrine of Mata Chandi, one of the manifestations of Goddess Durga, is gaining popularity day by day and is now considered the second-largest pilgrimage in the Jammu Region, attracting over 50,000 pilgrims at a time to Chandi Dham Machail and in the year 2018 Machail Mata Yatra crossed 1.50 Lac of devotees who paid obeisance at the shrine.Chandi Mata, over the years, has primarily manifested in the Himalayan region. In Jammu itself, she originated at the Mahalaxmi Mandir at Pacca Danga and subsequently at Bhadarwah, where the Chhari (Holy Mace) procession commences every year in August. Machail Mata, located approximately 306 kilometers away from Jammu (Jammu-Batote: 120 km, Batote-Kishtwar: 121 km, Kishtwar-Atholi-Gulbgarh: 65 km) by road, followed by a 30 km trek, poses a challenging terrain. However, with the blessings of Mata Chandi, pilgrims find joy in the adventurous journey, accompanied by the enchanting echoes of "Jai Mata Di" and "Jai Chandi Mata" from fellow pilgrims. The entire trail is adorned with pilgrims of various backgrounds, dressed in vibrant attires.Along the route from Atholi Gulabgarh to Layondee, Kundailpul, Chishoti, Hamoori, and finally the sacred temple of Machail Mata, the mesmerizing landscape captivates with its lush greenery, vibrant forests of pine (Deodar, Kail, Fir, Spruce), oaks, shrubs, and medicinal herbs.The Holy Chhari of Shri Machail Mata starts from Jammu on 18th August in morning and reached same day on 18th of August in evening in Kishtwar.As per past practice, On 25th of every July, Yatra offially started by District Administration Kishtwar by organising Hawan ( first Pooja) at Machail Mata Bhawan and yatra culminated on 05th of September.The District Administration Kishtwar is delighted to announce a series of initiatives and infrastructure developments aimed at ensuring a hassle-free and comfortable pilgrimage experience for devotees undertaking the Machail Mata Yatra. These measures have been implemented to enhance the safety, convenience, and overall satisfaction of the pilgrims during their sacred journey.

  • Kundail Bridge Reconstruction:
  • To address the challenges faced by pilgrims during the previous year's flash floods, the District Administration Kishtwar has successfully reconstructed the Kundail Bridge. This vital infrastructure project will significantly improve connectivity and provide a reliable passage for the pilgrims.

  • Solar Power Installation:
  • In a sustainable effort to meet the power requirements of Machail Mata Bhawan, the Jammu and Kashmir Power Development Corporation Limited (JPDCL) Kishtwar has installed a 30KW solar power backup. This environmentally friendly solution will ensure uninterrupted power supply for the shrine and its facilities.

  • Yatri Bhawan at Padder Gulabgarh:
  • The newly constructed Yatri Bhawan at Padder Gulabgarh have capacity to accommodate approximately 2000 individuals. This facility has been specifically designed to cater to the needs of pilgrims, offering them a comfortable and convenient place to stay during their visit.

  • Luxury Accommodation at Sapphire Guest House:
  • For those seeking a more luxurious experience, the Sapphire Guest House is available to provide top-notch accommodation services. This facility is equipped with premium amenities, ensuring a memorable and indulgent stay for discerning visitors.

  • Adventure Activities and Family Zones:
  • To enhance the overall experience for pilgrims, the Machail region now features adventure activities and family zones. These areas offer opportunities for leisure, recreation, and enjoyment, complemented by a diverse food court with a wide range of culinary delights.

  • Helicopter Booking Services:
  • To facilitate swift and convenient travel, helicopter booking services for the Machail Mata Yatra have commenced. Pilgrims can avail themselves of this aerial option to reduce travel time and experience breathtaking views of the picturesque landscape. Helicopter takes at least 7-8min to reach the Chandi Mata Bhawan from Gulabgarh base camp.

  • Online Booking of Home Stays:
  • The District Administration Kishtwar is pleased to announce the launch of online booking services for home stays. Devotees and pilgrims will soon have the convenience of choosing from a variety of comfortable home stay options, further enriching their pilgrimage experience.

  • Langar facilty:
  • Many people organizes roadside ‘langers’ (free food points) on the way to the Gulabgarh upto Machail Mata Bhawan from Shalimar Kishtwar. Langar permission is granted by District Administration Kishtwar.

The District Administration Kishtwar is committed to ensuring the safety, comfort, and satisfaction of all devotees undertaking the Machail Mata Yatra. We invite pilgrims from all across the country to embark on this sacred journey, confident in the knowledge that they will be provided with excellent facilities and a memorable experience. We look forward to welcoming you to the enchanting land of Machail.