All You Need to Know About Ardhkuwari Mata Cave

Ardhkuwari Gufa is where Mata Vaishno Devi did her penance for nine months.

Blog Home | Surbhi Mishra | 28-09-2022

While visiting Mata Vaishno Devi Temple on Trikuta Hill, pilgrims come across many religious spots holding special significance related to the life of the Supreme Goddess. One such sacred spot is Ardhkuwari Devi. The Cave, in the shape of a mother’s womb, is also known as Garbajoon (Garbhjun) Cave. This separate Cave is allegedly the place where Vaishno Devi hid from Bhairo Nath for nine months. It is said that the Goddess positioned herself the same way an unborn child is placed in his/her mother’s womb. This Cave is also known as Garbhjun.

Just as a child developed in the mother’s womb for nine months, Mata Vaishno Devi did her meditation and penance and attained her spiritual development in the Ardhkuwari Cave for the exact same nine months. It is surprising and relatable at the same time. One has to crawl to reach the innermost part of the Ardhkuwari Cave. The Cave is narrow and sometimes seems difficult and impossible to actually think that it could give way to a single person through it. 

Where is Ardhkuwari Cave located?

Ardhkuwari Cave is situated halfway through the Mata Vaishno Devi Temple. Before reaching Ardhkuwari Cave, you will first come across Ban Ganga and Charan Paduka. Ban Ganga is where Mata Vaishno Devi washed her hair, and at Charan Paduka, she stopped to see whether Bhairon Nath was still chasing her or not. The imprinted feet at Charan Paduka are said to be of Mata Vaishno Devi. 

All these sites constitute an important religious pilgrimage point for devotees. Ardh Kuwari is an important site for religious pilgrims, as it is the halfway point to the main shrine. The Ardhkuwari Gufa, at 4,800 ft above sea level, is situated 4.5 km from Charan Paduka. The 15-foot-long and narrow Cave called Garbha Joon is of particular significance, as it is believed that Goddess Durga hid from Bhairav Nath for nine months in this Cave. When Bhairav Nath finally entered the Cave, the Goddess made a new opening with her trident, allowing him (and all other devotees) to access her shrine.

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After leaving Ardhkuwari Cave, Mata Vaishno Devi proceeded towards the Holy Cave, where she appeared in her Supreme form to end Bhairon Nath’s life and terror finally. The Holy Shrine is where devotees head to worship three Pindies in the form of Mahakali, Mahalaxmi, and Mahasaraswati. The three Pindies are said to be a natural rock formation and vary in colour and texture. 

Best Time to Visit Ardhkuwari Cave

The best time to visit the Cave to get Darshan is during aarti. The timings are from 4 am in the morning to 7: 30 pm in the evening. Thus, you must plan your trip before you go accordingly. Otherwise, you will miss out on the most important religious site of Mata Vaishno Devi Temple. 

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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.