Every hour, every day, every year a mass of humanity surges up steep pathways that cut across the hillside for mile after mile. Popular belief holds that anybody who walks the Himalayan trail to her abode to ask for a boon rarely goes back disappointed. There are many who journey here year after year to pay obeisance regardless of their faith or belief, creed or class, caste or religion, for Mata Vaishno Devi transcends all such barriers. As the legend goes, more than 700 years ago Vaishno Devi a devotee of Lord Vishnu, used to pray to Lord Rama and had taken vow of celibacy. Bhairon Nath, a tantric (demon-God) tried to behold Her. Making use of his tantric powers, Bhairon Nath was able to see Her going towards the Trikuta mountains and gave chase. The Goddess felt thirsty at Banganga and 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, the reason why the cave is known as Garbh Joon. Mata Vaishno Devi blasted an opening at the other end of the cave with Her Trident when the demon-God located Her.
On arriving at the Holy Cave at Darbar, she assumed the form of Maha Kali and cut off Bhairon Nath's head which was flung up the mountain by the force of the blow and fell at the place where the Bhairon Temple is now located
The boulder at the mouth of the Holy Cave according to the legend is the petrified torso of Bhairon Nath who was granted divine forgiveness by the benevolent Mata in his dying moments.
A poor priest Pandit Shirdhar lived approximately seven centuries ago. He was a devout follower of the Maa Vaishnodevi and made it the point to continue with daily pujas and prayers for her pleasure for that he also sang regularly. Another regular practice of him was unfailing worshipping to the little girls or the Kanya Pujan practice he did. This childless ....Read More
The legendary story goes on that in the period while the Goddess remained well engaged to defeat the many Asuras the three manifestations of hers named Mata Maha Kali, Mata Maha Lakshmi and Mata Maha Saraswati joined hands unruffled for offering spiritual strength in the form of collective Tejas one day. Once the Tejas of three manifestations ....Read More
Hindu epic defines about the Three Pindis of Vaishno Devi and rest details including that of Maa Vaishno Devi’s birth to Ratnakar Sagar and his wife in southern India. As the scripture explains worldly parents of this Devi was childless for long time until she was born. He had already made up mind just a night before his daughter’s birth that he won't ....Read More