After getting out of the Udan Khatola,we immediately looked for some restaurants or dhabhas to have lunch. After finding a decent and hygienic restaurant or dhaba, we had lunch there. After that, we boarded an auto or a vikram to take us to Mata Vaishno Devi Mandir and Bharat Mata Mandir(as they are closeby) that are situated in Sapt Sarovar Marg, Jagdish Nagar, Jwalapur, Haridwar.

I remember that when we were going there by auto, a very old lady was also sitting in it. She started asking my mother saying ‘Beti, ye ashram(i don’t remeber the ashram name) mein bina voter card ya aadhar card ke pravesh ho jaayega?’ And my mother had no idea about it. The auto wale bhaiyya said ‘koi baat nahi mein karwa dunga, mujhe jaante hain woh’. Then the old lady told us her story after my father asked about it. Her son and daughter-in-law had snatched her property by deceit, they took her thumbprint(as she was illiterate) on property papers and kicked her out of her own house without even giving her the id proof. She knew about this Vridh Ashram in Haridwar,so she came here to spend the remainder of her life. My whole family got teary eyed after hearing her story.¬†

We got off at Mata Vaishno Devi Mandir by wishing the old lady well and saying our goodbye as her ashram was further on Sapt Sarovar Marg (Sapt Sarovar Marg boasts of a lot of temples,ashrams and religious buildings). My father also told the auto walley bhaiya to make sure that she gets admission in that ashram. To this auto walley bhaiya said to my father ‘Chinta mat kijiye bauji, mera roz ka hai, in mataji ki tarah patah nahi kitne buzurgo ko roz pravesh karwata hun main vridh ashramo main, zyaadatar anpadh hote hain aur id bhi nahi hoti aur unka bhi same case hota hai jaisa yeh mataji ka hai’. To this my father said thanks to the auto walley bhaiya and bid the old lady farewell.

We took darshan of Mata Vaishno Devi in Mata Vaisno Devi Mandir which is built as a replica of the Mata Vaishno Devi Mandir in Katra, Jammu. So,there are artificial caves built inside the temple which takes us to the sanctum sanctorum housing the shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi.I prayed to Mata Ji for that old lady and for all the old people who were forced to live in Vridh Ashrams by their evil childrens.

Bolo Mata Vaishno Devi ki Jai.


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