Vaishno Devi Temple is the most-looked for after journey of the Hindus. Situated at Trikoot Parvat, Mata Vaishno Mandir is the holiest place of worship of India and it is well known everywhere throughout the World. The sanctuary is available by a voyage of 13 kms from Katra. Katra is a residential area that falls in Udhampur locale of Jammu. From Jammu, Katra lies at a separation of 50 kms. In the northern piece of India, numerous rail-administrations are accessible to achieve Jammu.
|Location:||On Trikoot Parvat (Hill), in Katra of Udhampur district at Jammu|
|Dedicated to:||Goddess Vaishnavi|
|Attraction:||Major pilgrimage of the Hindus|
|How to reach:||One can easily reach Vaishno Devi Temple by taking regular Buses or by hiring taxis from Jammu|
Vaishno Devi Shrine is set at a height of 5200 feet above ocean level. Vaishno Devi is the second most-gone by altars of India, first being the Balaji Temple at Tirupati. The sanctuary is overseen and kept up by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. Vaishno Devi is viewed as the incarnation of Durga (Shakti). Consistently, a great many travelers visit the blessed place of worship of Vaishno Devi. There is a legend behind the foundation of this sanctuary.
The Legend of Vaishno Devi
As per the legends, Vaishno Devi took birth around 700 years prior. The young lady was a genuine enthusiast of Lord Rama (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) and vowed to stay abstinent for the duration of her life. In those times, Bhairon Nath found out about the forces of the Goddess. Being a tantrik, he attempted to catch the young lady with forces. With his tantric powers, he saw the young lady going towards Trikoot Mountain.
Unconscious about the Goddess, Bhairon Nath began to pursue the young lady. The Goddess raced to spare herself, when she felt parched, she shot a bolt in the ground and the water spouted out. From that point onward, the spout is streaming perpetually and is known as Ban Ganga. Till date, the engravings of her feet are set apart on the banks of Ban Ganga and known as ‘Charan Paduka’. After this occurrence, the Goddess went into a cave at Ardhkuari for reflection.
Bhairon Nath took around nine months to discover this cave. The contemplation was aggravated when Bhairon came at the cavern and the Goddess made on opening at the flip side of the hollow with her trident. From that time, this hollow came to be known as ‘Garbha Joon’. The Goddess ran further on the slope and when Bhairon attempted to slaughter Vaishno Devi, she rose as Maha Kali. She trim off Bhairon Nath’s head, which flung up the mountain by the power of the blow.
Today, Bhairon Temple is remaining on the spot where once his head was thumped down. The region is known as Bhairon Ghati and it is at a separation of 2.5 kms from the sacred cavern. In the last minutes, Bhairav Nath implored the Goddess for pardoning. Vaishno Devi realized that the target behind the assault was to achieve salvation. The Goddess freed Bhairon from the cycle of life and demise.
Notwithstanding it, Mata acclaimed that whosoever, go to her cavern likewise needs to visit Bhairon Temple keeping in mind the end goal to finish their journey. Not long after this, Vaishno accepted the picture of a stone as three “Pindis” and ingested herself into contemplation until the end of time. According to the expressions, the stone at the passage of the heavenly buckle is the stunned middle of Bhairon Nath, who was excused by Vaishno Devi in his last minutes.
In the cave, one can see the happy “pindis” of Maha Kali, Maha Lakshmi and Maha Saraswati. Mata Vaishno Devi is viewed as the granter of helps. She satisfies the desires of her commits and nobody goes with practically nothing from her sanctum. In light of confidence, individuals go to the sanctuary of Vaishno Devi to look for the gifts of the Supreme force.
In the prior days, the trip of Vaishno Devi used to be troublesome with steep streets, however in the present day, the way has been made much simpler than some time recently. For the accommodation of pioneers, Horses are accessible that take you up to the Hill. In any case, individuals like to trek the route from Katra to the Bhawan (Cave). As indicated by explorers, all the exhaustion gets off at the single look at Maa Vaishno.
The explorers walk the entire route by droning ‘Jai Mata Di’ in gatherings. At Katra, different shops offer blossoms, coconuts, dry-foods grown from the ground things that individuals purchase to make an offering to the Goddess. The whole route to the hallowed place is very much lit and satisfactory game plans of water and open comfort have been made to encourage the travelers. The perfect effortlessness of the Goddess conveys her fans to this journey of religious significance.