Machail Mata temple is a place of religious importance and worth visiting for the religious experience that it offers. Located in the village Machel (290 Km from Jammu) in Kishtwar District of Jammu, the temple has a shrine of Goddess Durga. It is believed that Thakur Kulveer Singh of Bhaderwah, Jammu visited the shrine in 1981and started the famous ‘Chhadi Yatra’ in 1987. Since then every year in the month of August, thousands of pilgrims all across the country and especially from Jammu, Udhampur, Ramnagar, Bhaderwah, participate in the religious journey and visit the shrine. Gulabgarh near Jammu is the base camp.
One can easily reach Gulabgarh either by taxi or buses which take approximately 10 hours. The foot journey which is around 32 kms starts from Gulabgarh and takes around 2 days to reach the shrine. They generally do the night stay in the villages that come across where government as well as local people have made sufficient arrangements. Many villagers also organise roadside 'langers' in good faith. “Holy Chhadi”, takes 3 days to reach Machel as it is accompanied with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm. Also the helicopter facility is available from Gulabgarh and the helipad is hardly 100 mts from the holy shrine.
|Visit Duration||30 to 45 minutes|