Machail Yatra

An annual Yatra of Mata Machail held in the month of August. The Yatra starts from Chinote in Bhaderwah and ends at Machail at the shrine. This is a two day journey from Atholi via Gulabgarh. Lacs of pilgrims take part in the Yatra to pay obeisance to Mata Chandi. Maa Chandi or Machail Mata resides in the remotest corner of Paddar at an altitude of around 9500ft above sea level. It is a trek distance of around 30 kms on foot from the Gulabgarh Village. This is the last village connected by road. Every year thousands of devotees pay visit to the Holy Shrine of Mata Machail with the faith undeterred and to receive the blessings of Mata Machail Waali. The number of pilgrims with each passing year has kept on increasing manifolds.

Machail Mata Mandir

According to the ancient sources, Mata Machail appeared in the form of Pindi; the same way as it appeared at Vaishno Devi, Katra. Mata Machail came here from Mindal Bhattas, a small village in Himachal Pradesh to bless the people of Paddar. The yatra was initially started by Thakur Kulbir Singh of Bhaderwah who happened to be serving in J&K Police Department and was posted in Machail during 1980’s.