Vaishno Devi Old Cave/Gufa Open 2023 – Date, Time and other Info

Are you curious to know when the traditional old cave of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine will be open for pilgrimage in 2023? Well, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) has just announced that the much-awaited opening will be taking place on 15th January, 2023.

The management of the Vaishno Devi Shrine has made an exciting announcement that they have created a special schedule for visitors to enter the natural old cave for darshan. This schedule will be in effect from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and then again from 10:30 pm to 5:00 am, as long as the water level inside the cave remains safe and the number of visitors does not exceed the limit. This gives visitors the chance to have a unique and personal darshan experience during both the day and night. Don’t miss this opportunity to have a truly memorable pilgrimage experience.

Vaishno Devi Old Gufa Open 2023 KahaJaun
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When does Vaishno Devi old cave/gufa open 2023?

Date: From 15 Jan, 2023 (Sat & Sunday closed)
Time: 10 AM to 4 PM & 10.30 PM to 5 AM

It is important to note that the Old Cave of Vaishno Devi, will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays due to the high volume of visitors and in order to ensure the safety and comfort of all those in attendance. This decision has been made by the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) in order to manage the crowd and provide a pleasant experience for all visitors. Visitors are encouraged to plan their trip accordingly and visit the Old Cave during the weekdays.


Vaishno Devi Trust Number?
Chief Executive Officer – 01991-232075
Call Centre – 01991-234804, 9906019494 (whats app)


How many gufa are there in Vaishno Devi?
Vaishno Devi has three main caves, however, the primary cave remains closed for most of the year. It is believed that completing a pilgrimage through all three caves would be too time-consuming, so only two of the caves are open for visitors to access.

when vaishno devi traditional cave open 2024?
The traditional cave is only open during the months of January and February when the number of visitors is low, while during the rest of the year, the pilgrims have to use the newly-constructed caves to reach the main worship area.


How old is Vaishno Devi Cave?

The age of the Vaishno Devi Cave, also referred as Vaishno Devi Gufa, is uncertain. As per the Hindu legends, it is believed that the cave was discovered by the sage Vasistha centuries ago (1000 years) and is considered as an ancient site. However, there is no concrete historical or archaeological evidence to support this claim. It is believed that the cave is a natural formation, and it holds immense religious significance for Hindus. The cave is considered a sacred pilgrimage site for the devotees of the goddess Vaishno Devi and it is visited by thousands of pilgrims annually.


About the Vasino Devi Old Cave:

To reach the main sanctum, there is a raised structure resembling a small courtyard. The mouth of the original cave leading to the pindis is located on the right side of this structure. In the past, this cave was used by travelers to access the holy site. However, it is currently closed for most of the year because it is too narrow. It takes several minutes for a single person to navigate the cave and reach the sanctum sanctorum. To accommodate more visitors, two new caves (tunnels) have been created for entrance and exit. The ancient cave is only opened on days when there are fewer crowds or on traditional festivals or ritualistic occasions. Visiting the goddess Vaishno Devi through this cave is a unique experience, and it is recommended to plan a visit on days with less crowd.
As the traveler reaches the site of the actual cave, they come across a corridor with hanging bells on the ceiling. After a short walk, they reach an open platform where the idol of the goddess’ vehicle, a lion, is installed. The main idol of the goddess is kept in the temple. This platform marks the entrance of the tunnel.


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