Monday, March 15, 2010

Vaishno Devi Yatra

The holy cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is one of the most revered places of worship for Hindus in northern India.
Dedicated to Goddess Shakti, Mata Vaishno Devi cave temple is nestled on top of the Trikuta hills forming a part of the lower Himalayas in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
Maintained by the Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, the sacred cave of Mata Rani is 30 meter long and just one and a half meter high.
It is here that Maa Vaishno Devi merged her Human form with the astral form of her creators, the three Supreme Energy.
The cave of Mata Vaishno Devi has three stones known as (pindies) dedicated to the three forms of mother goddess: Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati.
Visited by Millions of devotees every year, Maa Vaishno Devi temple is counted as one the Shakti peeths of Goddess Durga and it is the second most visited religious shrine in India, after Tirupati Balaji Mandir. Legend goes that Mata Vaishno Devi hid in the cave while escaping a demon, whom she ultimately killed.
Vaishno Devi Cave is situated at an altitude of 5200 feet
Distance of approximately 12 kilometers.
 The only way to reach the Mata Rani shrine is an arduous walk, which offers breathtaking views of the katra city and the snow clad Himalayan ranges.
The endless chanting of JAI MATA DI and the devotional Vaishno Devi Mata Bhajans infuse energy and enthusiasm in the devotees and give them perfect mood to enjoy the final visit of the Vaishno Devi Cave temple.