Maa Vaishno Devi Mandir is one of the most visited Hindu trip places in India. Located in the Trikuta Hills in Jammu, the cave temple of Goddess Mata Vaishno Devi. Maa Vaishno Devi is the sign of Goddess Parvati or Shakti is the said to be the abode of 33 Hindu gods. In all-season devotees comes to get blessings from Maa Vaishno Devi. At Vaishno Devi Temple more than 10 millions devotees come every year. The devotees choose different ways like walking bare feet as well as crawling all the way up to seek blessing from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi and pay gratitude for their wish fulfillment.
Mata Vaishno Devi Temple is known to be the bestower of strength to the weak, sight to the blind, wealth to the poor and bless childless couples with children. This is why Maa Vaishno Devi devotees make it a point to visit regularly, in spite of the shrine being quite unapproachable, location-wise.
Here Are Some Of The Amazing Facts About Maa Vaishno Devi Mandir Will Force You To Visit The Shrine:
- It is also said that Mata Vaishno Devi discovers the ‘Navratra’, to pray for the victory of Lord Rama against Ravana. And then Lord Rama also make sure her that the entire world would sing of her praises and revere her as the name of Maa Vaishno Devi. It occurs due to Lord Rama blessings that Mata Vaishno Devi is attaining and attracting thousands of devotees to the shrine every year.
- Bhairo Nath, who followed Maa Vaishno Devi and force her to marry him, was actually sent by Gorakh Nath, who was a Mahayogi. Gorakh Nath had a vision of the discussion between Lord Rama and Vaishnavi. Due to this, he wanted to know more about Vaishnavi. Then Mahayogi sent Bhairo Nath to collect more information about the Goddess Mata Vaishno Devi.
- Maa Vaishno Devi also had an Ashram on the foothills of Trikuta. And the ashram was also built on the order of Lord Rama, who assured Vaishnavi to built an ashram where they will live after getting married in the Kaliyug.
- After forgiving Bhairo Nath and she allowing him to get Moksha shed her human form and took him the form of a rock in order to continue uninterrupted meditation. Maa Vaishno Devi, gives her devotees darshan in the form of a five and a half feet tall rock, with three pindies or heads on the top. The cave where she transformed herself is now the holy shrine of Maa Vaishno Devi Temple and the pindies form the Holy of Holies.
- There are many Shadhus for the establishment of Mata Vaishno Devi Temple. It is said that Pandit Sridhar was a poor guru, who had a eyesight of Mata Vaishno Devi indicating him the route to the temple. It is also said that whenever Sridhar lost his way, Maa Vaishno Devi comes up in his dream to guide him.
- And some of the geological studies say that the caves are of a million-year-old. In the other side, the earliest reference to a mountain Goddess named Trikuta has been made in the Rigveda scripture of Hindu. Worth noting that the worship of Shakti and other female Goddess started only during the Puranic era.
- Maa Vaishno Devi Mandir is made in the Hindu tale of Mahabharata. The history states before the Great War of Kurukshetra, Arjuna revolve upon the Goddess, pursue her blessings for victory. Arjuna is known to have related the Devi as “Jambookatak Chityaishu Nityam Sannihilaye”, which means “the one who permanently resides in the temple located on the slope of the mountain in Jamboo”. The Jamboo may refer to Jammu according to several scholars.
- Navaratri is recommended as the most preferred time to visit Maa Vaishno Devi Mandir. Visiting Vaishno Devi Temple during the Navaratras is believed as being one more step closer to get heaven.
- It is also said that the late Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh himself visited Maa Vaishno Devi Mandir in his lifetime.
- There are three main caves are located at Maa Vaishno Devi Mandir, of which the main cave remains closed from many of the years. It is also considered that the three caves combined are too long for a single devotee and that’s why only two caves are kept open for the crowd of people to see.
- The recent route to the cave temple is not the original entrance. It’s said that the original route to Vaishno Devi was not enough wide to accommodate the multiple of peoples or crowd. So in order to make more space, the mountain was split in half to build a new road, at Ardh Kuwari (the halfway point).
- The ancient cave as the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine holds a lot of importance and suspects. It is also said that this cave having the body of Bhairo Nath whom the Mata Vaishno Devi killed with her Trishul. The legend has it when Goddess kill Bhairo Nath, his head flit to the Bhairo Valley and his rest of the body remained in the cave.
- A stream of Ganga flows through the cave. The devotees split water on themselves with this water before heading to the temple.
- At Ardhkuwari a separate cave is located to which an interesting legend is attached. This separate cave is said to be the place where Maa Vaishno Devi lock up from Bhairo Nath for 9 months. Mata Vaishno Devi positioned herself in the same structure as an unborn child is placed in his/her mother’s womb. The cave is also known by the name of Garbhjun.
- According to devotees, those who get enter Garbhjun cave will acquire freedom from entering the womb again.
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