Situated in Trikuta slopes, 13 km from Katra in Jammu and Kashmir, the Vaishno Devi temple stands at a height of 1,560m above sea level. This popular place of worship appeals to a great many devotees from across the world. Prevalently known as Mata Rani, Vahino Devi Goddess is an incarnation of the Hindu Goddess Durga. It is a popular belief among people that Matarani appears before her devotees in the holy caves of Trikuta. And thus many people, at least once in their lifetime, take time to visit the temple.
Vaishno Devi is a religious trekking goal for the ones whose Kundli bestows them the luck to visit the temple. Explorers stroll 13 km to arrive at the little buckles, which are among one of the 108 Shakti Peetha. It takes around 6 to 9 hours to make the trek. Horses and palanquins, just as helicopter administrations, are accessible by different merchants to take you there at the top.
Heaps of shops selling snacks and different religious merchandise welcome you as you enter the temple town. The explorers demonstrate their devotion and excitement by yelling mottos and singing tunes in the applause for Maa Vaishno Devi.
The legend of Vaishno Devi
According to the legend, during the period of turbulence caused by the Asuras on the earth, the three principal Goddess – Mata Maha Kali, Mata Maha Lakshmi and Mata Maha Saraswati got together and pooled their Tejas.
An amazingly brilliant light radiated from their Tejas and gave birth to a little youngster. Why have I been made? – the little youngster asked. The Devis disclosed to her that they had made her with the goal that she would live on earth and invest her energy in protecting it. Later she will converge into Vishnu and become one with him
Birth of Vaishnavi
As per Kundli online experts, Vaishno stayed back and got married to Ratnakarsagar. A child was born to the couple who was named Vaishnavi. The young lady, after years, surrendered all family comforts and dove deep into Tapasya (reflection).
In the interim, Lord Rama, during his fourteen years of being an outcast, happened to visit Vaishnavi. She remembered him promptly as the manifestation of Lord Vishnu and quickly requested that he blend her into himself.
Lord Rama, on realizing that it was not the proper time, discouraged her by saying that he would visit her again and then fulfil her desire. True to his words, Rama visited her again but this time as an elderly person.
Rama additionally guided her to think, and set up an Ashram at the base of Trikuta slopes to favor humankind and free poor people and dejected of their sufferings. Because only at that point would ‘Vishnu’ consolidate her into himself.
Vaishnavi promptly set off for the northern part and after many hardships, arrived at the foot of the Trikuta Hills where she set up her ashram. As anticipated by Lord Rama, her greatness spread far and wide, and individuals started to come to her Ashram looking for comfort.
However, this greatness of her wasn’t liked by Maha Yogi Guru Goraksh Nath, who then sent Bhairavnath to insult her. When Bharivnath visited the Devi, he told the Goddess how he had heard that she fulfills every desire of those who approach her. So when Devi asked him what is that he desires, he started looking at her with sinful eyes. As soon as he tried to catch her, she vanished and reached Jammu city. From there she appeared at Kaulkandhauli.
The demon followed her at several places until finally, Goddess Vaishnavi severed the head of evil Bhairavnath with her trident. When she did so, he explained to her how she did everything to release himself from a curse. Impressed by his honesty, Devi pardoned him and freed him of the cycle of reincarnation. Along with that, she blessed him by having a shrine made for Bhairavnath on the way to the Vaishno Devi temple.
Today, it is a compulsion that any devotee who visits the Vaishno Devi temple in Katra has to visit Bhairavnath temple too if he or she seeks to make the spiritual journey a successful one.