Vaishno Devi temple is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in Jammu and Kashmir. Tourism in Jammu flourishes because of the ten million pilgrims visiting the shrine annually. For those who don’t know, Vaishno Devi is a cave temple nestled in the Trikuta Hills of the Jammu district. The temple is believed to be the manifestation of Goddess Parvati. Besides, it is also home to 33 Hindu Gods. Maa Vaishno Devi is believed to be a bestower of strength, sight, offspring, and wealth.
That said, several unbelievable facts and folklore are associated with the temple. We have accumulated a few of them that will definitely urge you to increase the profitability of Jammu tourism in a good way.
What Makes Vaishno Devi the Holiest of all Pilgrimage Sites in India?
- It is said that Maa Vaishno Devi attained immortality due to Lord Ram’s blessing as she observed the Navrata prayer for Rama’s victory against Ravana.
- Lord Rama had an ashram (shrine) built for Vaishno Devi in the foothills of Mount Trikuta. The ashram was constructed to assure a married life between Vaishno Mata and Lord Rama in the Kaliyuga.
- To test Vaishno Devi’s devotion towards Lord Rama and the truthfulness of their relationship, Mahayogi Gorakh Nath sent his prime disciple Bhairo Nath to pursue Vaishno Devi for nuptials.
- In order to continue uninterrupted meditation, Vaishno Devi forsook her human form and took the form of a rock. The cave where she transformed her form is now the holy shrine. Thus, devotees pray to the five and a half feet tall rock with three pindies on the top.
- While there are many interpretations and legends on how the temple came into existence, the most believable and appropriate one tells us that Vaishno Devi visited a poor sage (Pandit Shridhar) in his dreams and showed him the route to the temple.
- The great Indian epic, Mahabharata, also mentions Mata Vaishno Devi. It is said that Arjuna used to meditate upon the Goddess in the hopes of her blessings before the Great War of Kurukshetra. In the Epic, Arjuna describes her as “Jambookatak Chityaishu Nityam Sannihilaye,” meaning the one who permanently dwells in the temple on the mountain of Jamboo, which could also mean Jammu.
- Visiting Vaishno Devi during Navarata is considered equal to attaining Nirvana – one step closer to heaven.
- There are three caves in the temple of which the main cave remains closed most time of the year, with the exception of December and January when the crowd is less than 10000 pilgrims.
- Apparently, the original route to Vaishno Devi was too narrow and dangerous for the massive rush of pilgrims. Therefore, the Trikuta mountain was split in half at Ardh Kuwari to build a new road.
- It is also said that there’s another cave at Ardh Kuwari where Vaishno Devi hid from Bhairo Nath for nine months. She hid in the same way as fetuses sleep in mothers’ wombs. Hence, this cave is also called Garbhjun.
- It is also alleged that the cave of Vaishno Devi temple conserves the body of Bhairo Nath, whom the Goddess had killed with her trident (trisula). Legend had it that when Bhairo Nath’s head was beheaded, it flew and landed in the Bhairav Valley while his body remained in the cave.
- River Ganges flow through the cave. Devotees wash themselves in the river stream before getting the darshan of the Goddess.
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