Did you know that the Vaishno Devi temple, one of India’s most revered pilgrimage places, receives a whopping ten million visitors every year? Yes. You read it right! But that’s not it. The Vaishno Devi temple amasses several other intriguing facts to strengthen your determination to visit the pilgrim site. So, let’s get started then!
Vaishno Devi mandir is located in Katra in a small Reasi district in Jammu and Kashmir. It is located at Trikuta mountain i.e. three-peaked mountains in Jammu and Kashmir at 5200ft.
The three pindis (3 faces of mata rani which symbolizes Maha Laxmi, Maha Kali, and Maha Saraswati) in the cave of Maa Vaishno Devi mandir which is naturally formed no one has carved them and the most shocking fact is about this three pindis is that they are made from a single rock but all the faces have different texture and color and therefore different from one another which creates a lot of curiosity among the devotees with a strong belief that all their wishes are fulfilled her wishes by Mata Vaishno Devi.
Another place to attract tourists is Ardhkuwari cave which is located halfway to Maa Vaishno Devi mandir where Vaishno Mata meditated for 9 months to hide from Bhaironath who was chasing her. This cave resembles a mother’s womb and one has to crawl to cross the cave and the strange thing is that any person of any shape or size can easily cross the cave which is very narrow in size. There is a strong belief that the one who crossed this cave would be free from his re-birth and will attain eternity.
As per the facts, it is said that when the Goddess had to defeat the devil and her three forms i.e. Maha Laxmi, Maha Kali, and Maha Saraswati merged their energies and took birth in the house of Ratnakar Sagar in South of India. She was named Trikuta and was a devotee of Lord Rama, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. She did a lot of meditation for him. Lord Rama met her during his 14years of exile where lord renamed her as Vaishnavi which means a devotee of Lord Vishnu and promised her to marry her is her next birth.
Apart from that he also gave her his bows, arrows, and a lion for her protection. She kept meditating from one place to another. Bhairon Nath was enchanted by her beauty and in order to escape from his attention Vaishno Devi entered a cave for 9months but he didn’t stop teasing her but failed to do so but unfortunately, she took the form of Maha Kali and killed him. After that, she re-entered the cave and vanished. Later Mata Vaishno Devi appeared in the dreams of Shridhar who found this cave and the three pandis and served his entire life at this shrine board.
It is said that the journey to Mata Vaishno Devi mandir is incomplete without visiting Bhairon Nath mandir. The scenic beauty on the way to Bhaironath is no less than a paradise especially at the time of snowfall. The temple on the top of the hill surrounded with enchanted mountains and trees helps to find inner peace and calmness