As legend goes, more than 700 years ago, Vaishno Devi, a devotee of Lord Vishnu had taken a vow of celibacy. Bhairon Nath, a tantric, using his tantric powers, was able to see her going towards the Trikuta mountains and chased her. The goddess feeling thirsty at Banganga, shot an arrow into the earth from where water gushed out. Charan Paduka, marked by the imprints of her feet, is the place where she rested. The Goddess then meditated in the cave at Adhkawari. It took Bhairon Nath nine months to locate her, and this cave is called Garbh Joon. She kept ‘Veer-Langur’ on guard outside the cave and asked him not to allow Bhairon to enter the cave. When Bhairon Nath tried to force an entry to the caveread more
The Yatra begins at Katra and pilgrims have to cover 13 km. of terrain on foot to reach the Darbar. One kilometer away from Katra, you would find Banganga, place where Mata quenched her thirst and at the distance of 6 km., the holy cave Adhkawari is found.
Vaishnodevi, also known as Mata Rani, is a manifestation of the Divine Mother Goddess of Hinduism. Her main temple is situated in Jammu region of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Located in the town of Katra, in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the Vaishno Devi temple is one of the most popular places of worship in northern India.read more
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