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Mata Vishno Devi

The shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is the abode of Mother Goddess, The Supreme source of Eternal Energy. Mata Vaishno Devi is the human manifestation of Goddess Shakti. Mata Vaishno Devi resides inside the holy cave located in the Trikut Hills. In the beginning of the universe, Maha Shakti was created out of all supernatural forces of god united into one. The same later took birth as Maha Saraswati, Maha Lakshmi & Maha Saraswati. These three rupas represents the human characteristics viz Raj, Tam and Satva. The deities are inside the form of Pindies. The uniqueness of holy Pindies is that, although they are three but they emanate from one single rock form, each one is distinctly different form, each one is distinctly different from the other two in color and texture. The extreme left Pindi has been worshiped as Mata Maha Sarswati (The goddess of supreme energy of Creation). It looks whitish when looked attentively, as white is the colour associated to Goddess Saraswati. Mata Saraswati has considered as the basic source of all creation like Art, Spiritualism, Knowledge, Wisdom, Rightousness, piousness etc. Also white color stands for purity and piousness. Mata Saraswati represents the Satva Guna, which is the quality of Purity

The second Pindi has been worshiped a Mata Maha Lakshmi (The goddess of supreme energy of Maintenance). It looks yellowish red, as this color associated to Mata Maha Lakshmi. She is the supreme energy of Maintenance and represents Raja Guna, the quality of inspiration and effort, and is considered as the basic source of quality of life, wealth, material gains, prosperity, etc..

The third Pindi has been worshiped a Mata Maha Kali (The goddess of supreme energy of Disolution). It looks blackish, as this color associated to Mata Maha Kali. She is the supreme energy of Disolution and represents Tama Guna. The tama represents the darkness or unknown. The quality of Mata Maha Kali associated with the unknown or unfathomable realms of life and these unknown realms contain all mysteries of life & death. Mata Maha Kali is the basic source of all that is mystical and unknown aspects of life to human. She always guide human beings to conquer the forces of darkness.
We human beings contains attributes of all three supreme qualities i.e. Satva Guna, Raja Guna & Tama Guna. Our behavior determined by the quality (Guna) which is predominant in our nature. In order to lead a peace full life and make our family, environment, society, country and the whole world peace full a proper balance among all three supreme qualities is very much necessary. The Holy Cave of Mata Vaishno Devi is charges with such energy that helps human being to balance among all three supreme qualities. That’s why the Shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is a rare and unique pilgrimage spot in whole world.

The History:

It is unfathomable for a normal human being to ascertain that when exactly the pilgrimage has started to the Holy Cave. According to a geological survey, the Holy Cave of Mata Vaishno Devi indicated its age to be nearly a million years, but at the same time there is no proofs found in any hindu mythological books like Vedas & Purans. During the time of Mahabharat war at Kurukshetra, Pandavas sought blessings from Goddess for their victory, Arjun addresses the Mother Goddess as “Jambookatak Chityaishu Nityam Sannihitalaye”, It means “you have always dwell in the temple on the slope of the mountain in Jamboo” probably Jamboo refers to the Jammu city of present day. It is also believed that the temples of Kol Kandoli and Bhavan has been built by Pandavas. There are five stone structures on a mountain just adjacent to Trikut Mountain and also overlooking to Holy Cave of Mata Vaishno Devi, It is believe that those structures are the symbols of Pandavas. The tenth guru for Shikhs Guru Govind Singh ji also visited Holy Cave via Purmandal, it is also one of the oldest reference.

Holy Cave & Holy Pindies:

While proceeding towards the entrance pilgrims can see a cave mouth on their right hand side, this is the original cave leading to the Holy Pindies, now it is closed due to narrowness of the cave, it takes too much time to proceed towards the Pindies. The new tunnel has constructed to facilitate maximum number of pilgrims, as there are 15000 pilgrims visit per day for Darshan of the Holy Cave. Mostly in winters and lean yatra periods, when the number of pilgrims visiting the holy shrine is at minimum, the original cave is opened for the entry. Passing through this cave is a different experience altogether. The ancient Holy-Cave is popularly known as Sunder Guha. The mouth of the cave is so narrow that a single person can entere at a time by crawling. Earlier there was no electric light inside the cave and pilgrims has to face many difficulties. Now the entry to this cave through the ancient mouth is prohibited and the new tunnel has been used instead. After crossing this portion the pilgrims walks further through a corridor on which numerous bells are hanged, after that pilgrims reaches a broad platform where few statues of Lions have been displayed. A big idol of the great goddess mother is also enshrined, from here starts the new tunnel.

Upon entering the tunnel one should observe silence and carefully move in the queue concentrating towards the left hand side where at the end of the tunnel is a raised marble platform on which the Divne Mother has revealed herself in the natural rock forms known as the Holy Pindies. The complete rock structure is covered under a white marble platform and only the topmost portion is visible for Darshan. These are three Pindies, denoting the three Supreme Energies of Creation, Maintenance and Dissolution.

There are various other religious symbols outside and inside of the Holy Cave and around the Holy Pindies. It has been believed that there are 33 crores of Gods & Goddesses are present inside the Holy Cave. It is also believe that all gods and goddesses worshiped the Mata Vaishno Devi in this cave and they left there marked inside. It is also believe that during daily Pujan and Arati all gods and goddesses present inside the cave.

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