Amazing Hidden Facts About Mata Vaishno Devi

Know the interesting things about Vaishno Devi

Blog Home | Surbhi Mishra | 24-09-2022

Mata Vaishno Devi Temple in Katra is a manifestation of Goddess Durga. Hindu devotees revere the Supreme Goddess for thousands and thousands of years. And so, many legends and stories are attached to the temple’s origin. The temple is located on the Trikuta hills in Katra, 46 km from Jammu. It will take around an hour to reach the base camp from Jammu, which is just 13 km away from the temple. Visitors have to trek for about an hour to get to the top.

Before you arrive in Katra and begin your journey, how well do you know your destination’s historical and mythical origin? Here are the unknown facts about Mata Vaishno Devi that will make you want to visit her temple more often.

1. Geological studies indicate that the caves associated with Mata Vaishno Devi Temple are a million years old. There exists an early reference to a mountain deity named Trikuta in the Hindu scripture, Rigveda. Trikuta mountain, where Mata Vaishno Devi resides, is believed to be the same.

2. Stories about Mata Vaishno Devi also indicate her meeting with Lord Ram while he was on his search to find his wife, Sita. Vaishnavi presented her wish to marry Shri Ram, who declined it then. It is said that Lord Rama blessed Vaishnavi so that the entire world would sing her praises and revere her as Mata Vaishno Devi. Lord Rama is believed to incarnate as Kali in Kaliyuga and marry Mata Vaishno Devi. Thus, Mata Vaishno Devi attained immortality due to Rama’s blessings and now attracts thousands of pilgrims to the shrine each year.3. Visiting Mata Vaishno Devi Temple during Navratri holds immense significance among devotees. Mata Vaishno Devi is believed to have observed the ‘Navratra’ to pray for Lord Rama’s victory against Ravana.

3. There is a reference to Mata Vaishno Devi in Mahabharata. Before going on to battle Kauravas at Kurukshetra, Arjuna was instructed by Lord Krishna to meditate and pray to Lord Durga for strength and guidance.

4. Ardhkuwari Cave has an interesting legend attached to it. A separate cave exists where Mata Vaishno Devi hid from Bhairon Nath for nine months. It is said that the Supreme Goddess positioned herself in the same way an unborn child is placed in the mother’s womb to go undetected by Bhairon Nath and complete her meditation.

5. The late Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, is also believed to have visited the shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in his lifetime.

6. Mata Vaishno Devi temple has three Pindies. They are of different colours and represent the Tridevi. The Tridevis’ are known as Mahakali, Mahalaxmi, Mahasaraswati.

7. The Shrine is also a Shaktipeeth, as it is where the skull of Maa Sati fell. Hence, the place holds multifold reasons and importance in every aspect to make it mandatory for devotees to visit the shrine once in their lifetime.

8. A stream flows through the Cave, which is said to be none other than Ganga. The river Ganga has profound value and significance in Hindu scriptures and daily life. You will come across the Ban Ganga on your journey to reach the Holy Cave of Mata Vaishno Devi. This is where Mata washed her hair and proceeded to do her penance at Ardhkuwari Cave.

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Surbhi Mishra
A travel lover and moody chef, Surbhi loves to read & write and doodle in her free time. For her, being able to write is a blessing, and to keep at it—a work-in-progress. When not working, you can find her swimming her worries away, dancing to the beats, or filling up her bucket list to tick them off.