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Vaishno Mata

Vaishno Mata

Vaishno Mata Pilgrimage Site

Maa Vaishno Devi ,one of the most religious & hindu pilgrimage destination in India, is located in the state of Jammu & Kashmir.Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine is one of the oldest shrine of India, located at a height of 5300 feet on the holy Trikuta Hills of the Shivalik Hill Range. The Holy cave is 13 Kms from the Base Camp Katra. The Town Katra is 50 Kms away from Jammu and 35 Kms from District HQ Udhampur and is linked by road. The Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine is one 24 hrs Customer Support of the most popular Shrines of India.
The Goddess Mata Vaishno Devi's abode is in 100 feet long cave with a narrow opening. The holy cold and crystal clear water washes the lotus feet of the Mata's " Pindian ". There are three natural pindies representing Maha Sarswati,Maha Lakshmi, Maha Kali, which represent creative, preservative, and destructive aspects of the Super Power. It is an ancient shrine whose reference is found in the Vedas and ancient scriptures.
Vaishnavi . ' Vaishnavi ' means the one who is related to lord "Vishnu''. Goddess Vaishnavi is the manifestation of the collective spiritual strengths of Mata Maha Kali, Mata Maha Lakshmi and Mata Maha Saraswati .It is described in Durga Sapatshati that the goddess was born as a young girl of extraordinary beauty and strength, out of the collectively pooled 'Tejas' of various 'Devtas' and three lords Brahma, Vishnu and Shankar. The immediate purpose of the creation of the goddess was the annihilation of Asura (Devil) Mahishasura. However another purpose of her creation was that she might usher on earth an era of pious and ascetic life so that the peace could prevail upon the world and she through her penance could rise to higher levels of spirituality and ultimately merge with Vishnu 
Darshan.  The Trikuta Mountain where the Shrine is located and the Holy Cave are the gateway to the dimension of Super Consciousness .So dear visitor before start a journey say Jai Mata Vaishno .

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Legend Related To Mata vaishno

Mata Vaishno Devi  followed and worshiped Lord Vishnu and considered him as HER ideal.
At about 2 kms from Katra, from where we start our Maa Vaishno Devi Katha today, is situated an old village, Hansal, also called (Hansalli). Around 700 years ago, there lived a very poor priest named Pandit Shirdhar, who was very heartily devoted to Maa Vaishnodevi. He used to sing his daily prayers and performed Maa Vaishno Devi Puja daily. He also used to worship little girls (called Kanya Pujan) regularly. And as faith was, he was childless and had no children of his own.His daily Puja and Prayers for Maiya Vaishnodevi went on for many years. At last seeing his firm-faith and the true devotion, Maiya one day came to Panditji, in the form of a little innocent girl.
Pandit Shridhar  had been busy in his daily preparation of Kanya Pujan, where, some little girls were present before him. Meri Maiya Vaishnodevi manifested herself in those little-girls. As per the Hindu tradition, while Pt. Shirdhar had been washing the feet of these little girls, his sight fell on Maiya manifested Herself in the form of a little girl. Panditji was astonished to see Her celestial beauty in vermilion garbs; She wore on Her divine body. He had never seen the little girl before, and She did not even seem to belong to his village. Anyway, he worshipped as usual. When the Puja was over, all the girls returned to their homes after getting their offerings from Panditji, except Meri Maiya who remained seated. 
Panditji was very much confused and was about to enquire and ask Maiya Vaishno Devi, that Maiya Herself spoke to him and said " I have an important task for you." Panditji was spell bound and was astonished more and more to listen to such a conversation from that little-girl. Maa Vaishno devi asked Panditji to invite people from neighboring villages for a collective lunch - called Bhandhara. Panditji was very much confused and before he could say anything or ask Maiya vaishno about Her, Maiya disappeared.

[ Bhumika Temple - About 2 kilometers from Katra on Panthal Road, is situated Bhumika Temple. This is the place, where Pt. Shirdhar had the sight of Meri Maiya Vaishnodevi - The Divine Girl. At this very place Pt. Shridhar arranged the Bhandhara.]

Pt. Shirdhar went on thinking hard - who this little girl was?, but was unable to find an answer to it. She might be an " Eternal-Girl ", or may be Maiya Vaishnodevi Herself and the more he thought the more he got confused, and worried for the "Bhandhara", as it was not possible for him to keep such a huge Bhandhara. He could not think of anything, and in the end, he decided to obey the Divine Girl and went to tell and invite the people in the neighboring villages..

He(Pandit Shridhar) went on to invite people from one village to another. On his way, he came across a group of saints. He very humbly bowed before them, and with his folded hands, extended an invitation to them also to attend Bhandhara, the next day. Gorakhnath - the leader of the group of saints - told him that he was mistaking in inviting them at home, as even Lord Indra had not been able to satisfy them. Pt. Shridhar got afraid and related them the event and told them of the Divine-Girl. Gorakhnath in his anxiety accepted Panditji's invitation. He also wanted to see,such a girl, who could prepare food for so many peoples and was very curious to find Who this Girl was?
Panditji was fully exhausted when he returned home, and so he went fast asleep immediately on returning home. The next morning, once again, he started worrying about the arrangements for Bhandhara. He just sat in his home, thinking, when people began to gather outside his small hut. Gorakhnath and Bhairavnath, a disciple of Gorakhnath, also arrived along with their disciples. Panditji was not able to understand what was going on, and to his surprise, all of a sudden Maiya Vaishnodevi - The Divine Girl, entered into the little hut. No one could know - which way SHE had come! How and when did SHE arrive? Maiya told Panditji, "Don't worry, and get up! Everything will be arranged very soon. Tell your guests to come in and sit in the hut." Pt. Shirdhar, immediately got up, and came out to the eagerly awaiting crowd. He invited them to come inside the hut and have food. Gorakhanth then asked - How can we sit in your hut? It does not have a sufficient space for all of us. Panditji folded his hands and said. No problem - please come in .....
All people who were invited began to enter one by one in the hut. All of them were astonished to see, that all of them had entered and sat inside the hut and still a small space was left in the corner of the same hut, which was very small !! Maiya Vaishno Devi began to serve food from a small vessel in HER little hands. The foods of their respective choice and likings! Everyone was surprised and Maiya Vaishno Devi bhakt Pt. Shirdhar was overwhelmed with joy. Gorakhnath and his senior disciple Bhairavnath were very much amazed and began to consult between themselves - and said SHE seems to be an Eternal Power. Who SHE was? and when Maiya reached Bhairavnath to serve him the foods, he asked, "Shall I get the food of my choice?" "What do you want?" Maiya asked him politely.

Bhairavnath asked for meat and wine. Maiya very gently told him that he was sitting in the hut of a pious Vaishnav Brahmin, and that only vegetarian food will be served. Bhairavnath turned a deaf ears to the words, as he wanted to cross-examine the Girl. Nevertheless, Maiya Vaishno Devi knew his evil desires and as soon as, Bhairavnath could rose up with some seditious thinking and tried to catch hold of Maiya hand, Maiya disappeared. Bhairavnath was an expert at the science of meditation and was a tantrik. He closed his eyes for a moment and saw with the help of his yogic-powers (tantrik powers) that Maiya had proceeded towards the Trikuta Hills, in a subtle form of "Air". Bhairavnath started chasing Maiya.  [:Darshni Darwaza - Maiya Vaishnodevi proceeded through this way, after disappearing from the Bhandhara. One can get a clear view of the hills, from this place. Hence it is called Darshni Darwaza, i.e., a gate to the hill-site one and a half kilometer from Katra.]  During this chase,Baba Hanuman is also with Maa Vaishno Devi . Baba Hanuman felt thirsty, and then Maa Vaishno Devi perched an arrow with HER bow on the land and a stream of water flew out. This place is called Ban Ganga.  [: Ban Ganga - Starting form Katra and passing through Darshni Darwaza, Ban Ganga is a streamlet gushing out from the hills over a bridge. The stream is regarded very sacred and many bhakts take a purificatory bath in it before proceeding further. A beautiful idol of the goddess is place in the corridors of Ban Ganga temple.]  Maiya stopped for some time and looked behind at Bhairavnath who was chasing her. [Read More : Charan Paduka - The place where Maiya rested have marks of the impressions of HER feet and were printed on a stone as SHE stopped here. The foot prints are still visible on the stone, preserved here in the temple. Hence, the place is called "Charan Paduka" i.e., the holy foot prints.] At a considerable distance from Charan paduka, Maiya reached a small charming plateau, called Ardhkwari, where a mendicant was practicing his meditations opposite a small tunnel. SHE gave HER divine sight to the mendicant and told him not to tell any thing about HER visit to any one. Thereafter, Maiya went into the tunnel and took rest for full long nine months, as if the child in the womb of a mother. Maiya .spent the nine months in complete devotion. Hence, the tunnel was called "Garabh Joon".Searching for Maiya, Bhairavnath reached here. He asked the mendicant " Have you seen a girl on this plateau?" The old mendicant replied, " SHE is the supreme power in the whole world, whom you think to be an ordinary girl and that she is Adikumari ", i.e. A virgin since the very beginning of this earth. He told Bhairavnath either to run away or to beg pardon from HER.The moment universe came into existence since then SHE has maintained virginity better you go back. Bhairavnath again put a deaf ear to the advice and entered into the tunnel

Baba Hanuman Fight with Bhairavnath  full nine month both of them was full of power so no result are out(Actualy Baba Hanuman want to kill bhairav nath in fight but Maa Vaishno Devi Does not permit him for this so Baba hanuman only fight him to prevent him to go to cave). Maiya Vaishnodevi was aware of it. Maiya with HER divine powers made another opening of the cave by strucking a path at the end of the tunnel with the help of HER trident and moved ahead towards the Holy cave at Darbar (Bhavan). [Garabh Joon - The tunnel is about 15 feet long that starts horizontally and ends vertically. This place is about 5 kms from Charan Paduka.] .On reaching at the Holy cave at Darbar Maiya with all HER powers looked as Maiya MAHA KALI and in the end Maiya with HER Trishul cut the head of Bhairavnath and threw it with such a force that it went at a distant Mountain. The place at which the head fell is now Bhairav temple. According to the katha the big rock at the entrance of the Holy cave is the remaining body of Bhairavnath. Bhairavnath then started pleading Maa Vaishno devi, and begged to Maiya to forgive him, for his sins. 
Merciful Maiya Vaishnodevi forgave Bhairavnath for all his sins and blessed him and granted him a wish that whenever HER bhakts will come to Bhavan for HER Darshan their yatra will not be completed unless on going back after HER Darshan the bhakts pay homage at  Bhairavnath Temple.  On the other side, Pt. Shirdhar was very much disappointed with the sudden disappearance of Maiya Vaishno Devi. He was very much worried about Maiya, and went on for fasting for many days, even leaving food and water.
Kind hearted Maiya Vaishnodevi, again appeared before him, in his dream one night. In his dream, Maiya showed him HER shrine - the Holy cave and asked him to follow HER through the route. Panditji followed Maiya and reached Maiya Pavitra Gufa. Pt. Shirdhar was very happy when he woke up in the morning. All his distortion was removed.
From that very day, Panditji began to search for the Holy cave of Maa Vaishno Devi, which he had seen in his dream. He was very much disturbed and wanted to find Maa Vaishno Devi Holy cave as soon as possible. He started recounting and following the route as Maiya has directed him, and once while climbing up the hills, Panditji was able discover the Holy cave, the same which he saw in his dream. 
Panditji entered inside the Holy Cave ... And to his astonishment, he got the Holy sight of the abode of Maiya Vaishnodevi to the success of his life.  He saw, Maiya Vaishnodevi, represented by three goddesses, viz. Maiya Maha Laxmi (the goddess of beauty and wealth), Maiya Mahakali (the vanquisher of evil (right)), Maiya Maha Saraswati (the muse of art and learning (left)). Pandit Shirdhar read hymns and verses in praise of Maiya Vaishnodevi, with his hands folded before HER, and offered "Aarti", and bowed and prayed by all means. Maiya Vaishnodevi was very much pleased with him. SHE granted him a boon of four sons, and said that his descendants will continue to worship HER. Since that day, the descendants of Pt. Shirdhar have been worshipping Maiya Vaishnodevi, inside the Holy cave (Pavitra Gufa).
Thereafter, Pt. Shirdhar made known to this world of the Holy Cave and existence of Maa Vaishnodevi in the Pavitra Gufa. This is how, we all came to know of our beloved Maa Vaishnodevi ..... and had been blessed by HER all through these years .....



 
 


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