The Holy Cave of the mother is situated at an altitude of 5200 ft. The Yatris have to undertake a trek of nearly 12 Km from base camp at Katra. At the culmination of their pilgrimage, the yatris are blessed with the darshans of the Mother Goddess inside the Sanctum Sanctorum - The Holy Cave. These darshans are in the shape of three natural rock formation called the Pindies. There are no statues or idols inside the cave.
Darshans are open round the clock throughout the Day.
Since the year 1986, when the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (commonly called Shrine Board) was formed, the management of the Shrine and regulation of the Yatra has been vested in the Board. The Board has undertaken a number of developmental activities aimed at making the Yatra comfortable and satisfying experience for the Yatris. The Board continues to reinvest in the offerings and donations received in carrying our improvements in various kinds of Yatri Facilities.