Journey to the Holy Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji is thought to be one of the holiest journeys of our times. Well known the world over as Moonh Maangi Muradein Poori Karne Wali Mata, which implies, the Mother who satisfies whatever Her youngsters wish for, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji lives in a Holy Cave situated in the folds of the three crested mountain named Trikuta (maintained as Trikoot). The Holy Cave pulls in a large number of enthusiasts consistently. Truth be told, the quantity of Yatris going to the Holy Shrine every year now surpasses one crore. This is because of the courageous confidence of the aficionados who throng the Shrine from all parts of India and abroad. The Holy Cave of the Mother is arranged at an elevation of 5200 ft. The Yatris need to attempt a trek of almost 12 km from the base camp at Katra. At the zenith of their journey, the yatries are honored with the Darshans of the Mother Goddess inside the Sanctum Sanctorum-the Holy Cave. These Darshans are fit as a fiddle of three characteristic rock developments called the Pindies. There are no statues or symbols inside the Cave Vaishno Devi, otherwise called Mata Rani, Trikuta and Vaishnavi, is a sign of the Hindu Mother Goddess Mahalakshmi. The words 'maa' and 'mata' are generally utilized as a part of India for 'mother', and hence are frequently utilized as a part of association with Vaishno Devi. Vaishno Devi Mandir is a Hindu temple devoted to the Hindu Goddess, situated at the Trikuta Mountains inside of the Indian condition of Jammu and Kashmir. More than 10 million pioneers visit this place of worship each year. It is trusted that eventually of time every one of these 33 crore gods have revered Goddess Vaishno Mata, and left their typical imprints inside. It is likewise trusted that amid the pooja and Aarti, these Gods and Goddesses touch base at the Holy give in to pay their deference to Mata. Hindus trust that one can't conceivable have Darshan of Mata, unless she herself calls the devotees. Settled between the folds of the Trikuta Hills, 56 kms. toward the north of Jammu, the Shrine of Vaishno Devi Ji has been a dwelling place love for the explorers since ages. The heavenly Shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi Ji is novel as it contains the holiest of sacred Pindis showing Mata in her three structures i.e. Maha Kali, Maha Lakshmi, Maha Saraswati. Every structure speaks to a specific property. To achieve this bumpy dwelling place Durga, an aficionado needs to make his first stop at Katra,a town arranged at foothill around 1,700 feet over the ocean level. Katra is the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir and is 50Kms. far from Jammu. From this stop, an enthusiast needs to cross a separation of 13 Kms. covering a vertical stature of 3,500 feet to reach to the Mata Vaishno Devi's cavern temple either by walking or on horseback or in palanquines. Aficionados can depend on this sacred town for accomodation of their decision, and in addition the articles of offerings, they wish to offer at the feet of Mata Vaishno Devi. Vaishnavdevi temple is a remarkable structure that was developed normally in the slope at the area with an elevation of 6000 feet (AMSL).The temple was existing in the hole following the primitive days. It comes in the mythology that the hallowed place was worked by the Pandav siblings (Mahabharat epic) which is around ninety feet structure. Symbols of a few Hindu divinities and demigod and goddess are engraved on it. Incourse of time, the devotees of the Goddess had changed the stone structure into a temple worked of cement. What's more, now it is a lovely development. As one goes into the temple compound, on the right side is the huge building worked by the Sridhar Sabha, in which a great many pioneers can be obliged. Again if one continues somewhat further, can discover multi-storied structures worked by Rawalpindi Sabha. Notwithstanding this there is likewise a tremendous building worked by Raja Ranvir Singh. There are a wide range of offices accessible in this spot. Be storing some development sum one can get every single required thing like covers, bed-blankets, quilts, lights, lamps, cooking things, kitchen things. There might be no issue or hindrance of any kind. There are eateries and inns, which are opened round the clock where sustenance, tea, snacks, Puja (venerate) stuff and so on are accessible.
About The Temple
The fundamental passageway of Trikuta Hills, otherwise called Darshani Darwaja, in light of the fact that finish Trikuta Hill is plainly obvious from here. According to the legend, First time Mata Vaishno Devi met Pandit Shridhar as a young lady kid at this spot as it were. There is a security check post at Darshan Deodhi with the different lines for women and gentlemen. On the off chance that you are with no gear, then there is again a different line. Devotees need to put your gear under that X-Ray scanner here and the security faculty will likewise check you physically. Past this point Video Camera, Arms, cigarette and so on are not permitted. After 500 meters stroll from the Darshan Deodhi, you will go over an open yard approximately 12 feet underneath on the left hand side, where numerous individuals would be remaining in a queue. This is the well known Langar (a spot where free nourishments are being served) of Late Sh.Gulshan Kumar. He was an incredible enthusiast of Mata Vaishno Devi. Amid his lifetime he began this langar, where anybody can go to take the nourishment for nothing. Morning Tea and night tea is likewise accessible. Prior amid our school days, we used to get the delectable halwa (a sweet dish) made of immaculate desi ghee. Actually, it was the greatest fascination for us at the langar. Be that as it may, now, from last 3-4 years, I didn't discover anyone serving Halwa. The tin-shed before the langar where this dish used to be served is presently changed over in a little shop.
Boycott Ganga Check Post
This is a little check post, where an official will stamp your Yatra Parchi. Yatra Parchi legitimacy to cross Ban Ganga registration is 6 hours, i.e., you need to cross this post inside of the six hours of the time, when you get it in Katra.
Boycott Ganga River
After passing Ban Ganga Post, you will reach to a little extension on a little stream. This is Ban Ganga River. There are a few stairs after the scaffold prompting the stream, where you can shower. There is water in stream all during that time with the exception of the intense deficiency of precipitation or snow on the mountains.
Boycott Ganga Waterfall
After 10-20 minutes of further walk, you will locate a little restricted way on the right hand side that is prompting a little waterfall, known as Ban Ganga. According to the legend, the goddess, joined by Langoor-Veer was moving to her foreordained house the Trikuta Hills, when Langoor-veer felt parched. The goddess shot a bolt into the ground and a spring spouted out, and accordingly the name Ban-Ganga (Ban: Arrow, Ganga: Holy River). After the downpour, stream of the water is progressively and the waterfall looks delightful. This is a perfect spot to shower.
Charan Paduka Temple
This is the primary temple of real worry on the right side. It is trusted that the goddess halted here for some time to look behind, whether Bhairon was all the while tailing her. Along these lines, there are the footmarks of the goddess and all followers ought to come here for the primary darshan amid the trip to the blessed hallowed place. Prior it was a little unnoticed temple, yet now they have developed a major excellent temple.
Adi Kuwari Temple
The word Adi kuwari (additionally Adhkuwari) signifies 'The Eternal Virgin'. It is trusted that Mata Vaishno Devi lived here in a hollow for 9 months to venerate the Lord Shiva. At the point when Bhairo drew nearer towards her, she broke alternate sides of cavern with her trident and moved towards the hollow of present day blessed holy place at bhawan. Following the goddess lived in this hollow for 9 months, as a kid lives in the womb of her mom for 9 months, this cavern is prominently known as Garbha Joon (Garbha: Womb). Access to the Garbha Joon is expansive, yet as you drew nearer further it turned out to be exceptionally tight.The accurate spot where she is accepted to have ruminated is situated at the right hand side inside the hollow and is formed like a womb. Devotees could have wondered whether it is conceivable to go through this hollow or not. Be that as it may, recall the name of Mata by heart and begin slithering in the hollow and you will be out from the cavern after creep by slither with another soul. It is by and large trusted that by just going through this surrender, an enthusiast's wrongdoings are rinsed and his spirit gets to be devout once more. Adi Kuwari likewise denote the midpoint of the Yatra and most pioneers like to rest here for some time and revive themselves. Settled between the folds of the Trikuta Hills, 56 kms. toward the north of Jammu, the Shrine of Vaishno Devi Ji has been a house adore for the explorers since ages. The sacred Shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi Ji is remarkable as it contains the holiest of heavenly Pindis showing Mata in her three structures i.e. Maha Kali, Maha Lakshmi, Maha Saraswati. Every structure speaks to a specific trait.
MAHA KALI speaks to Tam Guna, Tam Guna implies obscurity. In her sign of Kali, the goddess moves her devotees to always battle the dimness and never to surrender the way of uprightness. MAHA LAKSHMI speaks to Raj Guna, Raj implies thriving. In this sign, the goddess favors her followers with riches and thriving for their better life. MAHA SARASWATI speaks to Stava Guna, Stava implies astuteness and learning. This sign of the goddess empowers her worshipers to recognize great and awful and help them to embrace the right way in life. Mix of these three traits in a solitary Shakti is known as MATA VAISHNO DEVI JI and this interesting blend is the thing that makes it respected everywhere throughout the world, and the travelers run around to look for these perfect gifts. The Total length of the blessed hollow is around ninety eight feet. The images of countless Goddesses of the Hindu Pantheon can be found in the sacred Cave. At the mouth of the first passage to the heavenly give in can be seen the Vakra Tunda Ganesha on the left hand side of the stone face. Adjoining Lord Ganesha can be seen the portrayal of Lord Surya and Lord Chandra. At the point when one creeps into the sacred hollow through the regular passage one traverses the rock symbolizing the assemblage of Bhairo Nath who was decapitated by the Goddess at the section point to the heavenly surrender. The rock is fourteen feet long. After this can be seen the picture of Lord Hanuman called Veer Langur who said to has fought with Bhairo nath. The travelers need to wade through water past the Veer Langura point. Twenty three feet past Veer Langur, on the left high ground side, the top of the hole flares out and the heaviness of this overhang shows up as though laying on the countless leaders of the Shesh Nag. Promptly underneath the Shesh Nag can be seen the images of Shankh, Chakra, Gada and Padma. Higher up, verging on touching the roof of the cavern are the pictures of the five Pandavas, the Sapta Rishi, the picture of the awesome dairy animals Kamdhenu, Brahma and Vishnu and Shiva and Parvati. Three feet further, on a rise somewhat underneath Shiva and Parvati, can be seen the Khamba. Slantingly underneath this, at the water level can be seen the Yantra with countless otherworldly signs and images engraved on it. Twenty two feet past this point is found the Sher Ka Panja symbolizing the lion which is the mount of Mata Vaishno Devi Ji. The separation from the section point to the Sher Ka Panja is fifty-nine feet. Thirteen feet past this, quickly over the leader of the admirer, is Hood of Shesh Nag which shows up as though bearing the heaviness of the top of the cavern as of right now. The length of the hole up to the principle hood of Shesh Nag is seventy two feet. Six feet further, on the left hand side, are the pictures of Shankar and Gouri. Thirteen feet past it is found the heavenly Pindies of 'Mata Maha Kali Ji', 'Mata Maha Lakshmi Vaishno Devi Ji', and 'Mata Maha Saraswati Ji'.The length of the Cave so far is ninety one feet. To one side of the heavenly Pindis on the upper side are the delineations of Ganesha, Surya, Chandra and Goddess Annapurna. Somewhat behind the blessed Pindis, on the right hand side can be seen the image of the situated Sinha Raj. Somewhat in front of it can be seen the full hand of the Goddess brought up in the Varad Hast or the help giving posture. Promptly inverse the Holy Pindis is the characteristic picture of Lord Pashupati Nath. Water spouts out of the base of the sacred Pindis and streams out of the heavenly Cave.It is known as Charan Ganga and this water is gathered in little compartments by the enthusiasts and taken home. The same water is likewise channelized to the washing ghat and the enthusiasts clean up in this water before they join the line for Darshan of the heavenly Pindis. The blessed Pindis however portrayed in its three appearances at the upper most part is essentially one petrified rock at the base which is 5'- 6" tall.This serenade has a spiritualist impact which frequently helps an explorer to cover the long and challenging trek to the Mata Vaishno Devi Temple. This well known Shrine, ordinarily alluded to as the Mata's Darbar, is situated in India in the condition of Jammu and Kashmir at a stature of 5300 ft. above ocean level and an explorer must walk 13 kms. tough from the base camp of Katra. Katra is a clamoring little slope town overflowing with travelers, transports, taxis, visitor guides, lodgings, eateries and the standard uproar of a principle intersection point to an imperative spot of journey. It is at a separation of around 50 kms. Tough from the city of Jammu and can be come to by transport or taxi from Jammu. From Katra, the Vaishno Devi place of worship can be seen high up on the Shivalik Hill range on the blessed Trikuta Hills. In Katra, all travelers must acquire the free-of-cost Yatra Parchi (slip) at the Yatra Registration Counter situated at the fundamental transport stand in Katra, falling flat which he/she will be sent back to Katra from the principal Check Post at Banganga, around 1.5 km from the beginning stage, to get a Yatra Slip.
Mata Vaishno Devi Temple is one of the most seasoned Hindu Shrines of India and a journey to this Shrine is held to be the mother of all journeys.It is gone by lakhs of explorers consistently, independent of religion, standing and belief. The sanctum sanctorum of the Goddess is in a 100 feet long buckle with a restricted opening.The Goddess is as a five and a half feet tall rock with three heads or 'Pindies' on the top. Goddess Vaishnavi is the indication of the aggregate profound qualities of MahaSaraswati, Maha Lakshmi and Maha Kali represented by the three common 'pindies' which encapsulate the inventive, additive, and dangerous parts of the Supreme Power. Chilly and clear sacred water streams along the bed of the hole washing the feet of the Mata. Reference to this Shrine can be found in the Vedas and other old Hindu sacred texts. It is said in the 'Durga Saptashati' (a Mantra of 700 verses, a part of the Markandeya Purana ) that the Goddess Vaishnavi, or Durga, was made out of the on the whole pooled 'tejas' (red hot magnificence, vitality) of the different 'Devtas' (Hindu Gods) and the three preeminent Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva for the destruction of the 'Asura' (evil presence) Mahishasura. Her creation was likewise intended to usher a devout time on earth with the goal that peace could influence the world. In the cavern, one can see the merry 'pindis' of Maha Kali, Maha Lakshmi and Maha Saraswati. Mata Vaishno Devi is viewed as the granter of helps. She satisfies the wishes of her dedicates and nobody goes with next to nothing from her altar. In view of confidence, individuals go to the temple of Vaishno Devi to look for the favors of the Supreme force. In the prior days, the adventure of Vaishno Devi used to be troublesome with steep streets, however in the present day, the way has been made much less demanding than some time recently. For the comfort of pioneers, Horses are accessible that take you up to the Hill. Be that as it may, individuals like to trek the route from Katra to the Bhawan (Cave). By, all the exhaustion gets off at the single look at Maa Vaishno. The pioneers walk the entire route by droning 'Jai Mata Di' in gatherings. At Katra, different shops offer blooms, coconuts, dry-foods grown from the ground things that individuals purchase to make an offering to the Goddess. The whole route to the holy place is very much lit and satisfactory courses of action of water and open accommodation have been made to encourage the travelers. The perfect elegance of the Goddess conveys her devotees to this journey of religious significance. The Yatra starts at Katra and pioneers need to cover 13 km. of landscape by walking to come to the Darbar. One kilometer far from Katra, is a spot known as Banganga, where Mata extinguished her thirst and at 6 km., the heavenly give in at Adhkawari. After 6 km. of trekking, the yatries achieve Adhkawari, the heavenly give in where Mata thought for nine months.
Jammu and Kashmir has noticeable quality of being the winter capital of the nation. The atmosphere of the state and the Vaishnav devi temple is like that of any Indian slope station in the northern piece of India. The seasons here could be partitioned into three fundamental seasons. Summer, Rainy and Winter. As this is arranged here in the slopes of Jammu, at an elevation of around 6,800 feet ( AMSL) henceforth greatest of winter is experienced here.
The mid year season starts in April and proceeds till center of June. In top of summer season the temperature goes up to a most extreme of 40 degrees Celsius. The rainstorm starts amidst June and proceeds till August and now and again delayed up to center of September. This locale gets moderate to substantial precipitation when all is said in done. Winter season starts from September and proceeds till March. So the best period to visit this spot is between November to March. By the by, swarm of explorers are constantly gigantic in the spot through out the year. The guests are encouraged to take after safety oriented measures as indicated by the seasons while going to the journey.
There is an un-questioned conviction about the sacred spots or "Teertsthal" that they give the highly required help, peace and satisfaction to the guest. Like insightful the case with the Shrine of Vaishnavdevi, arranged around 52 kms from Jammu, in the Indian Hill State of Jammu and Kashmir at an elevation of around 6,000 kms (AMSL) is jam pressed with aficionados remaining in line intensely to have a Darshan of the All giving divinity.
The general population used to offer the Goddess with coconut, Mauli (holy string) Lal Chunni (red scarf) with gold/silver trimming, vermilion, incense, Mehndi (henna), Supari (insect nut) dry products of the soil (umbrella). These gear can be acquired from the close by shops in a decent cost.
In Katra, (Vaishnodevi) there are such a variety of trusts that perform a few elaborate Yagnas and Homas (customs). These are performed separately and all things considered moreover. They disseminate heaps of Puries and Halwa amongst the pioneers. This hallowed place has a claim to fame that the general population from various part of the world arrive every one of the times. For instance, individuals from Punjab touch base amid Navratri and individuals from Bengal and Maharastra land after Marghaseersha Chaturdasi. Brokers who visit the place of worship use to disperse amongst poor people and destitute their own particular item. For instance, a material shipper who needs to give some philanthropy to the poor used to acquire fabric and make to pieces and disperse.
Essentially a merchant in fleece brings sweaters, shawls, covers and other woolen things to poor people and penniless. Yet, there is something else which is extremely well known thing that the holy people and Sadhus who are staying here form impermanent safe houses in which they used to serve Chena (Bengalgrams) and drinking water for the explorers all through the season (three months). In the prior days, there were just strides to move to visit the Goddess. Be that as it may, these were exceptionally steep subjecting the explorers to an extremely tedious trip. A man with absence of determination feel that he can not move further, with a sentiment thirst, stifled throat and sweat. However, with all these obstacle enthusiasts visit Goddess with recharged confidence and adoration.
Presently, just a modest bunch of individuals is giving significance for the Yagnas and Homas (ceremonies) of the past, which were directed on the Shrine. Because of an overwhelming inflow of enthusiasts, the Yatra is proceeded round the clock-overlooking the rest of the prior days. With numerous fold increment in the quantity of explorers, unending lines, the travelers are conveyed inside of no time. They barely get a look at Goddess and are pushed out so that alternate devotees in line additionally get an opportunity to have Darshan. Sentiment unity, love and loving treatment to the explorers just There is another prevalent thinking that the persons who goes to there are to reaction the call of the Goddess. Also, who ever goes there never comes with practically nothing. Vaishnavdevi is accepted to be the bestowal of riches, boldness, wellbeing, and intelligence to her devotees furthermore obliterate inward and outer reasons for alarm. Devotees drew closer this Goddess with adoration and respect and asked for any shelter, they have been offered. This staunch conviction of the enthusiasts makes them to throng to this slope place of worship from everywhere throughout the world in season and out of season.
Vaishnavdevi temple is an exceptional structure that was developed normally in the slope at the area with an elevation of 6000 feet (AMSL). The temple was existing in the hollow following the antiquated days. It comes in the mythology that the place of worship was worked by the Pandav siblings (Mahabharat epic) which is around ninety feet structure. Symbols of a few Hindu divinities and demigod and goddess are recorded on it. Etched Vakra Tunda Ganesha, Surya Dev, Chandra Dev could be seen at the entrace of the door and when one wet blanket in side the cavern Lord Bramha, Vishnu, Maheswera,Kamadhenu, Pandav siblings Hanuman as Launkra Veer gives Darshan all through the passage. Other than the symbol of Shanka (Conch) Chakra(Wheel), Gada(Mace) Padma (Lotus) are engraved there in.
In course of time, the followers of the Goddess had changed the stone structure into a temple worked of cement. What's more, now it is a delightful development. As one goes into the temple compound, on the right side is the huge building worked by the Sridhar Sabha, in which a huge number of travelers can be obliged. Again if one continues somewhat further, can discover multi-storied structures worked by Rawalpindi Sabha. Notwithstanding this there is likewise a tremendous building worked by Raja Ranvir Singh. There are a wide range of offices accessible in this spot. Be saving some development sum one can get every single required thing like covers, bed-blankets, quilts, lights, lamps, cooking things, kitchen things. There might be no issue or burden of any kind. There are eateries and inns, which are opened round the clock where sustenance, tea, snacks, Puja (revere) stuff and so on are accessible every one of the 24 hours day.
The design of Maa Vaishno Devi Temple is entirely exceptional when contrasted with other Hindu sanctuaries in the nation. Situated at a tallness of 5200feet above ocean level, undertaking a journey to this hole temple, is thought to be one of the holiest minutes for Hindu pioneers everywhere throughout the world. Notwithstanding its unsafe area, near 10 million enthusiasts visit this temple consistently, as the Goddess here is thought to be intense. The Goddess offers darshan to enthusiasts as Holy Pindies – that is as three heads leaving a solitary rock like structure. These three heads signify Mata Maha Kali, Mata Maha Lakshmi and Mata Maha Saraswati.
Section into the primary temple is through the Mata Vaishno Devi Holy Cave, gave the quantity of enthusiasts are inside 8000. This heavenly buckle is kept open just amid a constrained part of the year, as it is not prepared to handle a substantial number of pioneers. The engineering of Maa Vaishno Devi temple is just splendid inside this hole. The distance along which prompts the darshan of the Holy Pindies, there are statues and symbols of just about 33 crore Indian Gods and Goddesses. Legend likewise has it that consistently, amid the morning and night Aartis or Pujas to the Goddess, every one of these Gods and Goddesses are available in the sanctum sanctorum.
Keeping in mind the end goal to suit the expanding number of travelers to the temple, two passages ( one for section and one for way out) have been worked here to take the enthusiasts to the sanctum sanctorum. While the Mata Vaishno Devi Holy Cave is entirely limited, these passages are very enormous and can oblige countless. This passage is of 200m long. Very few aficionados are honored to have a darshan of the Goddess through the blessed hollow; in this manner on the off chance that you need to be one of them, you will need to arrange your outing great ahead of time with the goal that you come here amid the incline periods.
Once inside the Holy Cave you will see images of Vakratund Ganesh, Surya, Chandra, Hanuman known as Launkra Beer, 14 feet long collection of Bhairon Nath who was murdered by the Goddess, Charan Ganga River, after which devotees need to go wading through water to have a darshan of the Goddess, Sesh Nagh, five Pandavas, Saptarishis, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, blessed dairy animals Kamadenu, Goddess Parvati, Goddess Annapurni and so forth.
About The Deity
The Trikuta Mountain where the Shrine is found and the Holy Cave are the door to the measurement of Super Consciousness. What's more, much the same as the Trikuta Mountain, which is one at the base yet has three tops (henceforth the name Trikoot), the disclosure of the Mother Goddess in the Holy Cave is in a characteristic rock structure which is one at the base however has three heads at the top. These three heads in a characteristic rock structure are known as the Holy Pindies and are loved as the disclosure of the Mother Goddess. The whole shake body is submerged in water, and a marble stage has now been developed all around. The principle Darshans stay to be of the three heads called the Holy Pindies. The uniqueness of the Holy Pindies is that despite the fact that they radiate from one single rock shape, every one is particularly not quite the same as the other two in shading and surface.
Towards the privilege of the devotee is the Holy Pindi of Mata Maha Kali (the Supreme Energy of Dissolution) in the shading connected with Her i.e. dark. The Supreme Energy of disintegration is Mata Maha Kali. She speaks to the Tam Guna-the quality connected with the darker and obscure domains of life. Tam remains for obscurity. Brain research and science express that just a little for each penny of the Universe is cognizant. The remaining is still intuitive or oblivious. These obscure domains contain every one of the riddles of life. Creation is a wonder, which exists inside of a particular time. However the Energy that rises above the hindrances of time is the Eternal Time or Maha Kali. Since man's information about existence is exceptionally restricted and he stays oblivious about the vast majority of it, it is spoken to by the shading dark which is connected with Mata Maha Kali. She is the fundamental wellspring of all that is otherworldly and obscure to man. In her characteristic of Maha Kali, the Mother Goddess always controls her aficionados to overcome the strengths of haziness.
In the inside is the Holy Pindi of Mata Maha Lakshmi (the Supreme Energy of Maintenance) with a yellowish-red tinge, the shading connected with Mata Maha Lakshmi. Mata Maha Lakshmi is the Supreme Energy of Maintenance. She speaks to Rajas Guna-the nature of motivation and exertion, and is thought to be the essential wellspring of riches, thriving, material additions, personal satisfaction and so forth. Riches and success are better spoken to by the shade of gold, which is yellow, and henceforth connected with Mata Maha Lakshmi.
The Pindi to the compelling left of the viewer is loved as the Holy Pindi of Mata Maha Saraswati (the Supreme Energy of Creation). It has a whitish tinge when taken a gander at mindfully. White has likewise been viewed as the shading connected with Mata Maha Saraswati. Being the Supreme power of Creation, Mata Maha Saraswati is thought to be the essential wellspring of all Creation, Knowledge, Wisdom, Righteousness, Art, Spiritualism, Piousness and so on. Since white is a shading that signifies devotion and immaculateness, subsequently it is connected with Mata Maha Saraswati. She speaks to the Satva Guna-the nature of immaculateness.
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji is thought to be an incarnation of the three Supreme Energies.
Every single Human being contain properties of the three aforementioned Guns (qualities) and their conduct is controlled by the Guna which is transcendent in their tendency. Be that as it may, keeping in mind the end goal to lead a significant life, a legitimate parity among these three is fundamental. The Holy Cave is accused of such vitality that it helps in making this essential however uncommon parity in a man. This is the thing that makes the Holy Shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi Ji one of a kind in the whole world.
It is repeated that Darshans inside the Holy Cave are as characteristic rock developments called Pindies. There are no statues, pictures or symbols inside. Up and down the track and at the Bhawan, there are numerous photos clarifying the way of Darshans inside the Holy Cave. Yatries ought to watch these deliberately since these are intended to guide them towards the last Darshans in the Holy Cave.
Different Darshans in the Holy Cave
The Holy Cave is around 98 feet long. Other than the primary Darshans of the Pindies inside the Cave, there are different Darshans, outside and inside the Holy Cave and around the Holy Pindies. It is trusted that the Darshans of 33 crore (330 million) Gods and Goddesses are available in the Holy Cave. It is trusted that at some given purpose of time, each of the 330 million divine beings and goddesses have venerated the Mother Goddess in the Holy Cave and have left their symbolical imprints inside. It is additionally trusted that amid Poojan and Aarti in the morning and night, every one of these Gods and Goddesses touch base at the Holy Cave to pay their deference to the Mother.
At the section of the Holy Cave, towards the left hand side, is the image of Vakra Tund Ganesh. Neighboring the image of Lord Ganesh are the images of Surya and Chandra Dev. Once inside the Holy Cave, one traverses the Dadh (middle) of Bhairon Nath, which is around 14 feet long. Because of the effect of the powerful blow of the Divine Mother, while the head of Bhairon Nath fell on a contiguous mountain a few kilometers far from the Holy Cave, his body lay inert at the passage of the Holy Cave.
After the Dadh (middle) of Bhairon is the image of Lord Hanuman known as Launkra Beer. From there on one goes over Charan Ganga, the incredible stream spilling out of the feet of Mata. Those having Darhans through the old Cave need to wade through water past this point. Around 23 feet past Launkra Beer, on the left high ground side, the top of the cavern flares out and the whole weight of this hole seems to lay on the incalculable heads of Shesh Nag. Promptly underneath Shesh Nag is the Havan Kund of Mata and nearby it are the images of Shankh, Chakra, Gada and Padam.
Above, verging on touching the roof of the hole are the images of five Pandavs, Sapt rishis, Than (udders or bosom) of the perfect bovine Kamdhenu, images of Brahma-Vishnu-Mahesh and Shiv-Parvati. 3 feet further ahead, on a height can be seen the Khamba that was held by the incredible admirer Prahlad. Slantingly beneath this, at the water level is the Yantra with endless magical signs and images recorded on it. 22 feet past this point is found the Sher Ka Panja, symbolizing the lion which is the mount of the Mata Vaishno Devi Ji. The separation from the section point to the Sher Ka Panja is 59 feet. 13 feet past this, instantly over the leader of the admirer, is found the image of the Primary Hood of Shesh Nag which seems, by all accounts, to be bearing the heaviness of the top of the Cave right now. 6 feet further ahead, on the left hand side, are the images of Shankar and Gauri.
13 feet past this are the Holy Pindies of Mata Maha Kali, Mata Maha Lakshmi Vaishno Devi and Mata Maha Saraswati. To one side of the Holy Pindies on the upper side can be seen the images of Lord Ganesh, Surya Dev, Chandra Dev and Goddess Annapurna. Somewhat behind the Holy Pindies, on the right hand side can be seen the image of the situated Sinh Raj (Lion). Somewhat in front of it is the full hand of the Mother Goddess, brought up in the Varad Hast mode, conceding shelters to the world. A fascinating result to the Varad Hast of Mata lies in the tale of the penance of Sati. The Scriptures say that the hand of Mother Sati fell in the district of Kashmir making a Shaktipeeth. There are a couple sources, in any case, which trust that it was at this spot i.e. the Holy Cave at Trikuta Mountain that the hand of Sati fell and the Varad Hast in the Holy Cave gives some connection to the story of Sati. Instantly inverse the Holy Pindies is the regular image of Lord Pashupati Nath.
Yatris might however take note of that the majority of these Darshans are conceivable just if the first give in is utilized. Nonetheless, inferable from the substantial surge, more often than not the new passages are utilized and the first surrender is opened just amid the incline seasons. Yatries burning of having all the Darshans are encouraged to plan their project to relate with the incline seasons.
After this can be seen the image of Lord Hanuman called Launkra. Water spouts out of the base of the sacred Pindies and streams out of the heavenly Cave. This spout of Holy water is known as Charan Ganga and the water of this stream is gathered in little compartments by the enthusiasts and taken home. The same water is additionally channelised to the showering ghat and the enthusiasts clean up in this water before they join the line for Darshan of the blessed Pindies.
The sanctuary of Vaishno Devi is committed to Vaishnavi, the human indication of Goddess Shakti. Inside of the sanctuary is the divinity as a five and half feet tall rock with three Pindies or heads. It is composed that the goddess to accomplish her fate of at last converging with Lord Vishnu expected the type of a human and was conceived as Vaishnavi, in the family of one Ratnakar. Indeed, even as a young lady, Vaishnavi showed a massive hunger for information that soon out thought her instructors. Before long she began to look inside of herself for the answers that she couldn't discover somewhere else and learnt the craft of contemplation. Understanding the significance of Tapasya (reflection) Vaishnavi repudiated every single common solace and betook herself to the backwoods to ruminate in peace.
Legend And Stories
According to the legend, amid the period when the Goddess was occupied in annihiliting the Asuras, Her three fundamental appearances viz. Mata Maha Kali, Mata Maha Lakshmi and Mata Maha Saraswati got together one day and pooled their aggregate Tejas or otherworldly quality. A stunningly splendid light exuded from the spot where the Tejas of the three indications combine and a wonderful young lady rose out of this Tejas. The young lady asked them, "Why have I been made?'' The Devis disclosed to her that they had made her with the goal that she would live on earth and invest her energy in maintaining honorability.
The Devis included, "Now, go and take conception in the place of Ratankar and his wife who live in the southern piece of India, and who are extraordinary enthusiasts of our own. Live on earth. Maintain exemplary nature and advance yourself profoundly with the goal that you achieve more elevated amounts of awareness. When you have accomplished the fitting level of cognizance you will converge into Vishnu and get to be unified with him.'' So saying they favored the young lady. Now and then later an extremely lovely young lady tyke was destined to Ratankar and his wife.
The couple named the youngster Vaishnavi. The young lady right from her youth showed a crave information which was similar to a vortex and which no measure of educating and learning could adequately satisfy. Consequently, Vaishnavi began investigating her internal identity for information, and soon took in the craft of contemplation and understood that reflection and retribution just could convey her near her more noteworthy target. Vaishnavi therefore surrendered all family unit comforts and dove deep into the backwoods for Tapasaya (contemplation). In the interim, Lord Rama, amid his fourteen years of outcast happened to visit Vaishnavi who remembered him instantly as no common being yet the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, and quickly requesting that he blend her into himself so she could get to be unified with the preeminent maker.
However Lord Rama, realizing that it was not the proper time, prevented her by saying that he would visit her again after the end of his outcast, and around then in the event that she succeeded in remembering him, he would satisfy her wish. Consistent with his words, Rama went to her again subsequent to being successful in the fight, however this time he did as such in the camouflage of an old man. Sadly, Vaishnavi was not able remember him this time and was upset. Upon this, Lord Rama reassured her that the suitable time for her being unified with the maker had not come, and that time would come in the long run in 'Kaliyug' when He (Rama) would be in his incarnation of 'Kalki'. Rama likewise guided her to ruminate, and set up an Ashram at the base of Trikuta slopes, to hoist her level of deep sense of being in order to favor humanity and free poor people and penniless of their sufferings.Only then would 'Vishnu' combine her into himself. Vaishnavi, promptly set off for the northern part and after enormous hardships, achieved the foot of the Trikuta Hills. In the wake of coming to there she set up her ashram there and started to ruminate.
As anticipated by Lord Rama, her wonderfulness spread far and wide, and individuals started to rush to her Ashram to look for her gifts. As time passed, MahaYogi Guru Goraksh Nath ji who had a dream of the scene between Lord Rama and Vaishnavi in the review time period, got to be interested to discover whether Vaishnavi has possessed the capacity to achieve an abnormal state of deep sense of being or not. He thus, sent his most capable pupil 'Bhairon Nath' to discover reality. Bhairon Nath on finding the ashram began watching Vaishnavi covertly, and understood that however a 'Sadhvi' she generally conveyed bow and bolts with her, and was constantly encompassed by langoors (primates) and a brutal looking lion. Bhairon Nath was fascinated by Vaishnavi's unprecedented excellence, and losing all great sense he started to beg Vaishnavi to wed him.
In the interim a staunch enthusiast of Vaiashnavi, Mata Sridhar sorted out a Bhandara (Community feast) in which the entire town and MahaYogi Guru Goraksh Nath ji alongside every one of his devotees including Bhairon were welcomed. Over the span of Bhandara Bhairon Nath endeavored to get Vaishnavi yet she attempted her best to dismay him. On neglecting to do as such, Vaishnavi chose to escape away into the mountains to proceed with her Tapasaya undisturbed. Bhairon Nath however pursued her to her destination.
The goddess in the wake of stopping at (present day) Banganga, Charan Paduka, and Adhkwari, at long last achieved the heavenly surrender Shrine. At the point when Bhairon Nath kept on tailing her regardless of the goddess attempting to maintain a strategic distance from an encounter, the goddess was constrained to execute him. Bhairon Nath met his definitive destiny when the goddess, simply outside the mouth of the hole, decapitated him. The disjoined head of Bhairon fell with a power at a far off peak. Bhairon Nath upon death understood the purposelessness of his central goal and appealed to the god to pardon him.
The all-powerful Mata ( Mother Goddess) showed benevolence toward Bhairon and gave him a shelter that each aficionado of the goddess would need to have the Darshans of Bhairon in the wake of having the Darshans of the Goddess and at exactly that point would the yatra of a devotee be finished. In the meantime, Vaishnavi chose to shed off her human frame and accepting the substance of a stone she inundated herself into reflection for eternity. In this way Vaishnavi, as a five and a half feet tall rock with three heads or the Pindies on the top is a definitive destination of a fan. These Pindies constitute the Sanctum Sanctorum of the heavenly give in known as the hallowed place of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji, which is adored by every last one.
Amongst the numerous legends connected with the Shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi, is that of Lord Rama's experience with Vaishnavi amid the time of his outcast when he (Lord Rama) coordinated the Goddess towards the heavenly give in arranged in Trikoot Parbat. There are different legends as well, similar to that of the Pandavas, why should said have gone to the sacred residence are likewise accepted to have constructed a temple here. Prahalad, the incredible child of the skeptic ruler Hirankashayap, is likewise accepted to have attempted a journey to the heavenly temple. In any case, the most mainstream and understood legend is that of Sridhar Brahmin who used to live in town Hansali arranged at the foot of Trikoot Parbat, adjoining cutting edge Katra Town.
Shridhar was a staunch enthusiast of Shakti. Despite the fact that he was an extremely poor man, with the motivation and confirmation from Goddess Vaishanavi who seemed one day in his fantasy in Kanayaroop, Sridhar attempted the sorting out of a great Bhandara. A favorable date for the Bhandhara was chosen and Shridhar welcomed every one of the general population living in close-by towns to the Bhandara. From that point, Sridhar went from way to entryway asking for his neighbors and colleagues to give him crude procurements which could be cooked and served to the visitors upon the arrival of Bhandara. In spite of the fact that a couple of them obliged yet numerous others turned down his solicitation. They truth be told insulted him for having the boldness to hold a Bhandara without having the fortitude for sorting out. As the day of Bhandara moved closer, Shridhar's stresses over nourishing the visitors welcomed for Bhandhara additionally expanded.
On the night going before the day of Bhandara, Shridhar couldn't rest a wink. He had spent the whole night thinking about the issue of how to sustain his visitors with the restricted procurements and to oblige them in the deficient space that he had. When he was not able concoct an agreeable answer for his issues till morning, he surrendered himself to destiny and got up to confront the day. He sat down for puja outside his hovel. By late morning, his visitors began arriving. Discovering him profoundly included in puja, they started to make themselves agreeable wherever they could discover spot. For some odd reason, countless could serenely have their space inside Sridhar's little cabin and still a great deal of space was unutilized. At the point when the puja was over, Shridhar glanced around and saw immense number of visitors who had arrived. While he was thinking about how to tell his visitors that he would not be capable food them, he saw Vaishnavi leaving his hovel. With the finesse of Goddess Vaishanvi, all visitors were offered sustenance of their own decision and the Bhandhara ended up being exceptionally fruitful notwithstanding a few issues raised by Bhairon, a pupil of Guru Gorakhnath who too was welcomed in the Bhandhara.
After the Bhandhara, Sridhar was interested to get to the base of the puzzle covering the supernatural forces of Vaishanavi. He started approaching youthful Vaishnavi for a clarification for the secretive improvements of the day. He shouted to her however the Vaishanavi was not there to answer. He got out over and over yet with the same result. Vaishnavi was not a single where to be seen. A sentiment vacancy immersed Sridhar. At that point one day, he had a fantasy of the same young lady who let him know that she was Vaishno Devi. The Goddess demonstrated to him the vision of her hollow furthermore honored him with the help of four children. Sridhar, cheerful by and by, set out looking for the cavern, and in the wake of discovering it he chose to spend rest of his life in love of the divinity. Before long notoriety of the blessed cavern spread, and the enthusiasts started to run it to pay their tribute to the powerful Goddess.
Toward the get-go there was just the primeval sea all around. Vishnu lay on Sheshnag in profound sleep affected by Yog Nidra. While Vishnu dozed a lotus stalk became out of his navel. At the upper end of the stalk was a lotus bloom. Brahma was conceived in the lotus blossom and was in profound reflection at the season of his introduction to the world. As Brahma lay in profound reflection in the lotus blossom presenting the Vedas, ear wax streamed out of both ears of Vishnu.
Two Asuras known as Madhu and Kaitabh were resulting from the ear wax. These Asuras performed awesome compensation for a large number of years. The Goddess was satisfied with their commitment, showed up before them and conceded them the help that demise would come to them just when they fancied it. Being aware of their colossal quality, both the Asuras got to be presumptuous. They assaulted Brahma and stole far from him the four Vedas. Brahma however irate was defenseless even with extraordinary may of the Asuras. Consequently he hurried in incredible alarm to Vishnu to look for his assurance.
Vishnu, be that as it may, was in profound rest affected by Yog Nidra and did not wake up in spite of the best endeavors of Brahma. At the point when Brahma understood that he couldn't wake up Vishnu in the typical course as he was dozing affected by Yog Nidra. He then entreated and applauded Yoga Nidra to offer him some assistance with awakening Vishnu. The intense petitions to God of Brahma satisfied Yog Nidra. She took pity on Brahma's situation and left Vishnu's body. When Yog Nidra left his body, Vishnu woke up. Brahma let him know about the lethal plan of Madhu and Kaitabh and importuned him to wreck them. Along these lines Lord Vishnu occupied with a furious and long fight with the two Asuras toward the end of which he executed them. In the scene of Madhu and Kaitabh, Goddess Durga has been depicted as the 'Yoga Nidra' whose intense impact renders even Lord Vishnu defenseless.
Mahishasura the evil presence was conceived as a union of Rambha and a she wild ox (Mahishi) and hence was a half man and half bison. The compelling evil presence was rendered all the more effective as an aftereffect of a help from God Agni, as per which he could be executed by a lady as it were. He figured out how to wreak ruin in paradise by pursuing ceaselessly all Gods from that point. Every one of the Gods then drew closer master Vishnu and ruler Shiva who knew that just a lady could execute Mahishasura. They chose to make a Goddess out of the aggregate forces or 'Tejas' of the entire God's as was conceived a Goddess who consolidated in herself every one of that was compelling and capable in every God. She was equipped by a trident from Shiva, Chakra from Vishnu, a Lion from Himalayas and bows and bolts from Vayu. The Goddess loaded with consolidated power and outrage of the considerable number of Gods was savage to observe and her exceptionally locate terrified the evil presences.
Mahishasura then again, pursued a valiant battle against her and accepted the type of a wild ox, a lion, a man conveying a sword, an elephant and finally again as a bison. The fight seethed for ten thousand years lastly the Goddess could bind Mahishasura and hack off his head. The Gods, free of the evil presence, gave the Goddess countless gestures of recognition and with love implored her to seem each time they needed her. Allowing the same to the Gods, she vanished to show up again when called with dedication.
According to the antiquated literary works and as contained in Shrimad Bhagwat and different religious books, there was previously a "Prajapati" named Tvashta, who had a passionate and devout child named Vishwarupa. Vishwarupa, favored with three heads, was a sage having enormous profound qualities, which evoked a feeling of shakiness and trepidation in the brain of Lord Indra, the ruler of the Indralok (Paradise) and in an attack of wrath Indra murdered the great sage. At the point when Prajapati Tvashta came to know of the occurrence, he got to be incensed and performed a Yagya with the reason for avenging the passing of his dear child. From the sacred flame was conceived another child of Tvashta, whom he named as Vritrasura and whose sole point in life was to retaliate for his destroying so as to sibling's demise Indra.
Vritrasura then ruminated and attempted retribution as the aftereffect of which he was conceded an incomparable help. According to this help no weapon known till then, could slaughter him, and he would not kick the bucket of anything that was either wet or dry or any weapon made of wood or metal. The aid likewise guaranteed that his energy would continue expanding amid the fight. After being allowed this shelter, Vritra pursued a fight against Indra and his powers and figured out how to give a devastating annihilation to him as an aftereffect of which Indra needed to escape from the fight scene abandoning his elephant Airawat. Vritrasura then assumed control over Indralok, constraining Indra to escape to Lord Shankar for help. Shankar alongside Brahma went to ruler Vishnu to look for his assistance. Vishnu prompted them that they ought to first win the certainty of Vritrasura, become a close acquaintance with him and afterward execute him when he may not be on his gatekeepers. Vishnu additionally exhorted them that they ought to appeal to the Goddess so that through her 'Yogmaya' she might render Vritrasura unequipped for canny thought. Indra did as exhorted and was thus honored by the Goddess.
After this Indra figured out how to become a close acquaintance with Vritrasura and once when Vritrasura was sleeping on ocean shore, Indra gathered ocean froth as it was neither wet nor dry, neither wood nor any metal and it unquestionably couldn't be ordered as a weapon. With the aim of utilizing the ocean froth as a weapon to slaughter Vritrasura, Indra summoned the Goddess to enter the froth. At the point when the Goddess entered the froth, Indra wrapped it around his Vajra (a lethal wild and most loved weapon of ruler Indra, made out of the bones gave by Dadhichi 'Rishi') and with this Vajra he executed Vritrasura there and after that. The Devtas, free of the hazard of Vritrasura, commended the Goddess for staying faithful to her commitment of helping them in their hour of need.
After Vritrasura had been executed every one of the holy people and sages feeling regretful of their questionable deed of having slaughtered a Brahmin left for woodlands for contemplation and peace. Whenever Tvashta, Vritrasur's dad, heard that his child had been slaughtered by Indra through detestable outlines, he reviled Indra that he too would need to confront comparable humiliation. Whispers of Indra's demonstration began to spread all once again and all his radiance started to blur. With every passing day, Indra began turning out to be more contrite of his transgression of killing a Brahmin. One day he cleared out his castle for lake Mansarovar and submerged himself in the stem of a lotus in order to be found by none. He was so over fashioned by his evil lead that in his gloom he overlooked the vital obligations he should perform. Indra's sudden vanishing brought about confusion among the Devas as mists quit sprinkling, wind quit blowing and the grounds got to be barren. As a functionary of Indra, the Devas considered setting somebody in his seat to easily continue with the divine request till the time Indra would be found.
Every one of the Devas chose to put the sage Nahush in his throne . In spite of the fact that Nahush was a principled individual yet when he climbed to the workplace of Indra, his viewpoint towards life took a complete change and he began sharing in the joys. One day he requested that Indra's wife Indrani ought to be called to satisfy him. Indrani turned for help to Brihaspati the master of all Devas.
The holy Shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi Ji is unique as it contains the holiest of holy Pindis manifesting Mata in her three forms which are Maha Kali, Maha Lakshmi and Maha Saraswati.
- The highest point in Vaishno Devi is known as Bhavan, which is located at 6218 feet (1906 meters) above sea level.
- The temple of Mata Vaishno Devi itself enshrines the four pillars of Hindu belief: Dham, Arth, Kaam, and Moksh. The many points that mark the journey to the main temple - Katra, Bhanganga, and Trikoot Hiil, mark the spots where it is believed the Mother Goddess prayed.
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board,
Katra, Reasi, Jammu and Kashmir,
India, Pincode – 182301.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To be blessed with a balanced and meaningful life
Sarva Mangala Maangalye Sive Sarvaardha Saadhike, Saranye Tryambake Gauri Naarayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer you our salutations, Oh auspicious Naraayani, who is the good of all good, who can achieve everything and can offer refuge, Oh three-eyed Gowri.
Saranaangatha Dheenaartha Parithraana Paraayane Sarvasyaarthi Hare Devi Naaraayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer salutations to you, Oh Narayani, who has the infinite power of creating, preserving and destroying. You are the basis and epitome of the 3 gunas.
Sarvaroope Sarvese Sarvasakthi Samanvithe, Bhayebhyastrahi No Devi Durge Devi Namosthuthe
Meaning -I offer my salutations to you mother Durga, who is present in all beings and has all power, save us from all our wrongdoings O mother of the universe.
Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha
Meaning -Salutations to the Goddess who resides as Shakti in all beings.
5:00 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm on all days