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Shiv Khori Pilgrimage Site in India

Shiv Khori

Shiv Khori Pilgrimage Site

'Shiva' means 'auspicious' - is one of the Hindu god which makes the supreme Trinity,  comprising of Brahma, the creator, Vishnu, the Preserver and Shiva or Mahesh,  the Destroyer and Re-Producer of life. Lord Shiva is the destroyer of the world,  which is responsible for the change.

Khori  means cave (Guffa) and  Shiv Khori  thus denotes Shiva's cave. This natural cave is about 200 metres long, one metre wide and two to three metres high and contains a self made lingam, which according to the people is unending. The first entrance of the cave is so wide that 300 devotees can be accommodated at a time. Its cavern is spacious to accommodate large number of people. The inner chamber of the cave is smaller.

The passage from outer to the inner chamber is low and small, at one spot it divides itself into two parts. One of these is believed to have led to Kashmir where Swami Amarnath cave is located. It is now closed as some sadhus who dared to go ahead never returned. To reach the sanctum sanctorum, one has to stoop low, crawl or adjust his body sideward. Inside a naturally created image of Lord Shiva, about 4 metres high, is visible. The cave abounds with a number of other natural objects having resemblance with Goddess Parvati, Ganesha and Nandigan. The cave roof is etched with snake formations, the water trickles through these on Shiva Lingam. Pigeons are also seen here like Swami Amar Nath cave which presents good omens for pilgrimages.



Legend of Shiv Khori

A number of legends have propounded about the discovery of this holy cave. One of the most important legends among them is that a demon named Bhasmasura  after a long meditation of Lord Shiva obtained blessing to end the life of any one with that blessing. After obtaining it, the said devil tried to end the Lord Shiva-On seeing the evil design of the demon, the Lord Shiva run to save himself from the power of the demon and entered in this cave which is presently known as Shiv Khori. After this, Lord Vishnu in the guise of Mohini came forward and asked the demon to dance with her according to her tune. As and when the demon started dancing as per the actions of Mohini, the said demon took his hand at his head and with his own power, he was himself destroyed. As per the legend, 33 crores deities exist in this cave in shape of pindis and natural milky water is falling on them from the top of the cave. In this cave there is also a cave which directly go to amarnathji according to a saint who lived there named as bababa ramesgirigi

As per the other legend regarding discovery of this cave is that the historic Shiv Khori cave is believed to be discovered by a Muslim shepherd. He was in fact in search of his missing goat and went by chance inside the cave to find the same. However he was very much startled to see a number of saints inside the cave, who were impressed by Lord Shiva's divine power and he too started pooja there. Later on the shepherd disclosed this to a number of other people in spite of his promise made with the saints not to disclose about them or this cave. It is said that the shepherd after narrating it to other people handled. According to the legends it is believed that a number of famous saints have been closely associated with this cave, who had spent decades inside this cave for spiritual attainment and meditation.

Other Detail About Shiv Khori

Khori  means cave (  Guffa  ) and thus  Shiv Khori  denotes Shiva's cave. The cave is a real wonder to be seen which according to the people is unending and believed to have led to  Swami Amar Nath cave in Kashmir. As per assessment of local people, it measures nearly half a kilometer in length but Yatries are allowed to go only upto 130 meters. Rest part of the cave is still a mystery as no one could go further due to lack of oxygen. It is believed that some  Sadhus  who dared to go ahead never returned. The cave is in the shape of  Lord Shiva's Damroo  i.e. wide at the two ends while very congested at the center. The width of the cave is so less at certain place that a person can barely crawl through whereas at places it over a hundred feet wide and quite high too. There are many features, which can be observed in the cave; however, the best of them is the natural water dripping from the top to the  Shivlingum . 

The opening of cave is a mammonth hall of nearly 20 feet wide and 22 feet hight. It is nearly 80 feet in length. While entering into this mesmerizing hall one can see the natural depiction of gigantic snake like formation believe to be  Sheshnag . Pigeons are also seen here like  Amarnath cave . After crossing the narrow passage, yatry reaches in the main cave area where sanctum sanctorum is situated. The open part of cave has a four feet high naturally formed Shiv-lingam at the heart of the Sanctum Sanctorum. Just above the  shivlingam  a cow like formation is visible believe to be  Kamdhenu  and can be identified by her udders. The natural water dripping from nipples of udders on the  Shivlingum  symbolizes the eternity of the holy river  Ganga . It is believed that milk used to ooze out during old days but turned into water in  Kaliyuga . 

To the left of Shivlingam  Maa  Parwati  is sitting whose image can be identified by impression of her holy feet. Along the image of  Maa Parwati, Gauri kund  is also visible which is always full of holy water. Image of  Kartikeya  is also seen in left of Shivlingam. At nearly 2.5 feet above the  Kartikeya  , image of five headed  Ganesha  is clearly visible. To the right side of Shivlingam one can see Ramdarbar  having images of  Lord  Ram ,  Lakhshman, Sita  and  Hanuman . The whole cave is abounds with a number of other natural images which have been described as images of 33 crores hindu deities and their vahanaas. The cave roof is etched with snake like formations, the water trickles through these in the cave. '  Three pronged lance  ' (  Trishul  ) '  Oum  ' and '  Six Mouthed Sheshnaga  ' (  Shkshthamukhi Sheshnag  ) are seen on the roof of the cave. The main part of cave roof has round cutting mark signifying construction of cave by  Sudarshan Chakra  of Lord Vishnu. In the second half of the main chamber  Mahakali  &  Maha  Sarswati  is present. The potsherd of  Mahakali  is always full of holy water, which devotees use to sprinkle on themselves. Little above from the  Mahakali ,  Panch  -  Pandava  are present in natural rock form (pindies). Infront of the  Mahakali  on other wall of cave, natural rock image of Lord Shiva lieing down on floor is visible. A holy foot of  Maa  Kali  is also visible on body of lord shiva. The whole environment inside the cave is so mesmerizing that a devotee feel himself in abode of god's place and whole nature appears turned spiritual.

Important places near shivkhori

  • Jammu
  • Katra
  • Vaishnodevi
  • Agharjitto
  • naupindian
  • Baba Dhansar
  • Reasi
  • Bhimgarh Fort
  • kalika Temple
  • Siar Baba


In Reasi district, there are many shrines such as Mata Vaishno Devi, Merhada Mata, Baba Dhansar, Siad Baba. Shiv Khori is one of them located in Ransoo a village in the Pouni block in Reasi district, which attracts lakhs of devotees annually. Shiv Khori is situated in between the hillocks about 140 km north of Jammu, 120 km from Udhampur and 80 km from Katra. Buses .



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