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Vaishno Devi's darshan at Palace Grounds

The Sindhi Madhur Sangam is having their annual Jaagran – a night long event of bhajans to celebrate Navratri at Palace Grounds.They have also built a Vaishno Devi Mandir on a 60-foot stage. It took them four months to build the whole set-up.

For one night on Saturday, a part
of Bangalore Palace Grounds will look like the Vaishno Devi Mandir of Jammu and Kashmir. For the last four months, workers have toiled to built a replica of the temple for the ‘Mata’s Jagran’ programme. This will be held on Saturday night, the only time you can see the temple, after which it will be dismantled. “It is built on a 60-foot stage. It took four months to build. On Saturday, we expect more than 25,000 people to witness this,” said Dilip Kumar Sachdev, the president of the Sindhi Madhur Sangam, which is responsible for the event. The cost of building this temple has not been estimated, he says. “There are 108 devotees who are part of the group. Each one has taken responsibility for different aspects of the work,” said Sachdev.

However, sources said if money was to be pooled in to construct the shrine, it would cost no less than Rs 1 crore.  It is a 14-km walk to the Vaishno Devi Mandir in Kashmir. In Bangalore, Sachdev expects each devotee to stand in queue for at least three hours for a darshan of the Devi.  This year the Jagran is on the October 9, at Gayatri Vihar, Palace Grounds.  The Artistes'  who will be performing are Murari Dahima, Amarjeet Singh Bijli and Raju Dahima.

This is the 11th year of Sindhi Madhur Sangam hosting the Mataji's Jagran. It is organised in a very large scale. Bhajans and songs of Mataji are sung the whole night, it is organised on the Saturday of the Navratri. On the morning of the jagran, Mata's idol is brought from the entrance to the stage, with a lot of celebration and joy Maa Durga is carried in the doli with all the members and their families present. Mata's chunari is distributed to all the devotees who come for Mata's darshan. They either tie it on their foreheads or wear it on their arm. The chunari is given lot of respect, it has the words "Jai Mata Di" printed on it.

The Sindhi Madhur Sangam is a group of 108 Members who are Mata's Devotees. They are the decision makers, they plan well in advance, arrange several meetings and collectively decide what is to be done and who the artiste will be. It is their sincere effort which makes the Jagran a success year after year.

Vaishno Devi Mandir is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Shakti, located in the hills of Jammu and Kashmir. In Hinduism, Vaishno Devi, also known as Mata Rani and Vaishnavi, is a manifestation of the Mother Goddess. The temple is near the town of Katra, in the Reasi district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is one of the most revered places of worship in Northern India. The shrine is at an altitude of 5200 feet and a distance of approximately 14 kilometres (8.38851 miles) from Katra. Approximately 8 million pilgrims (yatris) visit the temple every year and it is the second most visited religious shrine in India, after Tirumala Venkateswara Temple.

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