Mata Vaishno Devi

Mata Vaishno Devi Mandir is one ofthe holy Hindu temples dedicated to Shakti, located in the hills of VaishnoDevi, Jammu and Kashmir, India, in the Hinduism mata Shakti known as MotherGoddess. Who create this whole universe and protect with her blessings
Mata Vaishno Devi Mandir is near thetown of Katra, in the Reasi district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It isone of the most revered places of worship in India. The shrine is at analtitude of 5300 feet and a distance of approximately 12 kilometres (7.5 mi)from Katra. Approximately 8 millionpilgrims (yatris) visit the temple every year and it is the second most visitedreligious shrine in India, after Tirumala Venkateswara Temple. The Sri MataVaishno Devi Shrine Board maintains the shrine. A rail link from Udhampur toKatra is being built to facilitate pilgrimage. The nearest airport is JammuAirport which has very high flight frequency. All leading domestic airlineshave their services to Jammu Airport.

History:

Maa Vaishno Devi was born in thesouth of India in the home of Ratnakar Sagar. Her worldly parents had remainedchildless for a long time. Ratnakar had promised, the night before the birth ofthe Divine child, that he would not interfere with whatever his child desired.Ma Vaishno Devi was called Trikuta as a child. Later She was called Vaishnavibecause of Her taking birth from Lord Vishnu's lineage. When Trikuta was 9years old, She sought her father's permission for doing penance on theseashore. Trikuta prayed to Lord Vishnu in the form of Rama. During ShreeRama's search for Sita, He reached the seashore along with His army. His eyes fellon this Divine Girl in deep meditation. Trikuta told Shree Rama that She hadaccepted Him as Her husband. Shree Rama told Her that during this IncarnationHe had vowed to be faithful to only Sita. However pleased with her devotion,Lord Rama gave her name Vaishnavi (devotee of Lord Rama (Maha Vishnu)andassured Her that in Kaliyuga He would manifest as God Kalki and would marryHer.



In the meantime Shree Rama askedTrikuta to meditate in the cave found in the Trikuta Range of Manik Mountains,situated in Northern India.Lord Ram gave her a bow and arrows, army of monkeysand a lion for her protection, Ma decided to observe the 'Navratra' for theVictory of Shree Rama against Ravana. Hence one reads the Ramayana during the 9days of Navratra, in remembrance of the above connection. Shree Rama promisedthat the whole world would sing Ma Vaishno Devi's praise. Lord Rama also saidTrikuta was to become famous as Vaishno Devi and would become immortalforever.The abode of Maa Vaishno devi is attaining huge pilgrimage attractiondue to Lord Rama's blessings to the goddess.



With the passage of time many morestories about the Mother Goddess emerged. One such story is about Shree-Dhar.

Shree-Dhar was an ardent devotee ofMa Vaishno Devi. He resided in a village called Hansali, 2 km away from thepresent Katra town. Once Ma appeared to him in the form of a young bewitchinggirl. The young girl asked the humble Pandit to hold a 'Bhandara'. (A feast tofeed the mendicants and devotees) The Pandit set out to invite people from thevillage and near-by places. He also invited 'Bhairav Nath' a selfish tantrik.Bhairav Nath asked Shri-Dhar how he was planning to fulfil the requirements. Hereminded him of the bad consequences in case of failure. As Panditji was lostin worry, the Divine girl appeared and told Him not to be despondent aseverything had been arranged. She asked that over 360 devotees be seated in thesmall hut. True to Her word the Bhandara went smoothly with food and place tospare. Bhairav Nath admitted that the girl had supernatural powers and decidedto test Her further. He followed the Divine girl to Trikuta Hills. For 9 monthsBhairav Nath was searching for the mystic girl in the mountains, whom hebelieved was an incarnation of the Mother Goddess. While running away fromBhairav, Devi shot an arrow into the Earth from which water gushed out. Theresultant river is known as Baanganga. It is believed that by taking a bath inBaanganga (Baan: Arrow), a believer of the Mother Goddess can wash away all hissins. The banks of the river, known as Charan Paduka, are marked by Devi's footimprints, which remains intact till date. Vaishno Devi then took shelter in acave known as Garbh Joon near Adhkawari where she meditated for 9 monthsattaining spiritual wisdom and powers. Her meditation was cut short whenBhairav located her. Vaishno Devi was then compelled to take the form of MahaKali when Bhairav tried to kill her. The manifestation of the Mother Goddesstook place at the mouth of the Holy cave at Darbar. The Goddess then beheadedBhairav with such sheer force, that his skull fell at a place known as BhairavGhati, 2.5 km from the Holy Cave.



In his dying moments, Bhairavpleaded for forgiveness. The Goddess knew that Bhairav's main intention inattacking her was to achieve salvation. She not only granted Bhairav liberationfrom the cycle of reincarnation, but also granted him a boon, whereby everydevotee, in order to ensure completion of the pilgrimage, had to visit BhairavNath's temple near the Holy cave after the darshan of the Goddess.MeanwhileVaishno Devi assumed the shape of a rock with three pindis (heads) and immersedherself into meditation forever.



Meanwhile, Pandit Shree-Dhar becameimpatient. He started to march towards Trikuta Mountain on the same path thathe had witnessed in a dream. He ultimately reached the cave mouth. He made adaily routine of worshiping the 'Pindis' in several ways. His worship pleasedthe Goddess. She appeared in front of him and blessed him. Since that day,Shree-Dhar and his descendants have been worshiping the Goddess Mother VaishnoDevi.



Mata Vaishno Devi Mandir is one ofthe holy Hindu temples dedicated to Shakti, located in the hills of VaishnoDevi, Jammu and Kashmir, India, in the Hinduism mata Shakti known as MotherGoddess. Who create this whole universe and protect with her blessings

Mata Vaishno Devi Mandir is near thetown of Katra, in the Reasi district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It isone of the most revered places of worship in India. The shrine is at analtitude of 5300 feet and a distance of approximately 12 kilometres (7.5 mi)from Katra. Approximately 8 millionpilgrims (yatris) visit the temple every year and it is the second most visitedreligious shrine in India, after Tirumala Venkateswara Temple. The Sri MataVaishno Devi Shrine Board maintains the shrine. A rail link from Udhampur toKatra is being built to facilitate pilgrimage. The nearest airport is JammuAirport which has very high flight frequency. All leading domestic airlineshave their services to Jammu Airport.

History:

Maa Vaishno Devi was born in thesouth of India in the home of Ratnakar Sagar. Her worldly parents had remainedchildless for a long time. Ratnakar had promised, the night before the birth ofthe Divine child, that he would not interfere with whatever his child desired.Ma Vaishno Devi was called Trikuta as a child. Later She was called Vaishnavibecause of Her taking birth from Lord Vishnu's lineage. When Trikuta was 9years old, She sought her father's permission for doing penance on theseashore. Trikuta prayed to Lord Vishnu in the form of Rama. During ShreeRama's search for Sita, He reached the seashore along with His army. His eyes fellon this Divine Girl in deep meditation. Trikuta told Shree Rama that She hadaccepted Him as Her husband. Shree Rama told Her that during this IncarnationHe had vowed to be faithful to only Sita. However pleased with her devotion,Lord Rama gave her name Vaishnavi (devotee of Lord Rama (Maha Vishnu)andassured Her that in Kaliyuga He would manifest as God Kalki and would marryHer.



In the meantime Shree Rama askedTrikuta to meditate in the cave found in the Trikuta Range of Manik Mountains,situated in Northern India.Lord Ram gave her a bow and arrows, army of monkeysand a lion for her protection, Ma decided to observe the 'Navratra' for theVictory of Shree Rama against Ravana. Hence one reads the Ramayana during the 9days of Navratra, in remembrance of the above connection. Shree Rama promisedthat the whole world would sing Ma Vaishno Devi's praise. Lord Rama also saidTrikuta was to become famous as Vaishno Devi and would become immortalforever.The abode of Maa Vaishno devi is attaining huge pilgrimage attractiondue to Lord Rama's blessings to the goddess.



With the passage of time many morestories about the Mother Goddess emerged. One such story is about Shree-Dhar.

Shree-Dhar was an ardent devotee ofMa Vaishno Devi. He resided in a village called Hansali, 2 km away from thepresent Katra town. Once Ma appeared to him in the form of a young bewitchinggirl. The young girl asked the humble Pandit to hold a 'Bhandara'. (A feast tofeed the mendicants and devotees) The Pandit set out to invite people from thevillage and near-by places. He also invited 'Bhairav Nath' a selfish tantrik.Bhairav Nath asked Shri-Dhar how he was planning to fulfil the requirements. Hereminded him of the bad consequences in case of failure. As Panditji was lostin worry, the Divine girl appeared and told Him not to be despondent aseverything had been arranged. She asked that over 360 devotees be seated in thesmall hut. True to Her word the Bhandara went smoothly with food and place tospare. Bhairav Nath admitted that the girl had supernatural powers and decidedto test Her further. He followed the Divine girl to Trikuta Hills. For 9 monthsBhairav Nath was searching for the mystic girl in the mountains, whom hebelieved was an incarnation of the Mother Goddess. While running away fromBhairav, Devi shot an arrow into the Earth from which water gushed out. Theresultant river is known as Baanganga. It is believed that by taking a bath inBaanganga (Baan: Arrow), a believer of the Mother Goddess can wash away all hissins. The banks of the river, known as Charan Paduka, are marked by Devi's footimprints, which remains intact till date. Vaishno Devi then took shelter in acave known as Garbh Joon near Adhkawari where she meditated for 9 monthsattaining spiritual wisdom and powers. Her meditation was cut short whenBhairav located her. Vaishno Devi was then compelled to take the form of MahaKali when Bhairav tried to kill her. The manifestation of the Mother Goddesstook place at the mouth of the Holy cave at Darbar. The Goddess then beheadedBhairav with such sheer force, that his skull fell at a place known as BhairavGhati, 2.5 km from the Holy Cave.



In his dying moments, Bhairavpleaded for forgiveness. The Goddess knew that Bhairav's main intention inattacking her was to achieve salvation. She not only granted Bhairav liberationfrom the cycle of reincarnation, but also granted him a boon, whereby everydevotee, in order to ensure completion of the pilgrimage, had to visit BhairavNath's temple near the Holy cave after the darshan of the Goddess.MeanwhileVaishno Devi assumed the shape of a rock with three pindis (heads) and immersedherself into meditation forever.



Meanwhile, Pandit Shree-Dhar becameimpatient. He started to march towards Trikuta Mountain on the same path thathe had witnessed in a dream. He ultimately reached the cave mouth. He made adaily routine of worshiping the 'Pindis' in several ways. His worship pleasedthe Goddess. She appeared in front of him and blessed him. Since that day,Shree-Dhar and his descendants have been worshiping the Goddess Mother VaishnoDevi.

Vaishno Mata Mandir