Vishno Devi

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In Hindu mythology, Mata Vishno Devi is a manifestation of Goddess Durga and is also popular as Vaishnavi and Mata Rani. It is believed that Mata Vaishno Devi was born in South India to Ratnakar Sagar. Her parents were childless for many years and desired to have a child. The night just before the birth of this Divine child Ratnakar promised that he will never interfere regarding the child’s doing later on in life. Mata Vaishno Devi was born on next very day and was named as Trikuta. Later on she got popularity by the name Vaishnavi as she was born from the lineage of God Vishnu.

At the age of nine, Trikuta, with her father’s permission performed a penance on the sea shore. At that time, Lord Rama, an avatar of God Vishnu, passed along the sea shore searching for goddess Sita after Sita was abducted by Ravana.

When Rama saw the beautiful girl having divine glow deeply praying, he approached and blessed her. Trikuta conveyed to Rama that she had already accepted him as his husband. Rama, being vowed to having only one spouse decided to be faithful to goddess Sita only. However Rama promised that he will take avatar as Kalki in Kalyug and marry her.

Lord Rama also instructed Trikuta to continue meditation in a particular cave of Manik Mountains which is situated in northern part of India. He also proceeded to give a bow and arrow, a lion and a small army of monkeys for her protection. At this Trikuta decided to observe Navratri to pray for victory of Rama against Ravana. Today also the devotees read Ramayana during nine days of the Navratri festival. Rama blessed and promised her saying that the whole world will praise her and revere her as Mata Vaishno Devi. It is only because of the blessings of Lord Rama that Mata Vaishno Devi is immortal and now attracts several thousand pilgrims to shrine every year.

After immense hardship, Mata Vaishno Devi reached the hills and started her meditation after setting up her ashram. According to the prediction of lord Rama, her glory had spread far and pilgrims began to flock her ashram for her blessings. Gorakh Nath, a tantrick became curious to know whether Mata Vaishno Devi attained a high level of spirituality and sent his most able disciple named Bhairon Nath to find the truth. Bhairon Nath located the ashram and secretly started to observe Mata Vaishno Devi. He was enamoured by the extraordinary beauty of Mata Vaishno Devi and began to pester her to get married to him. In the mean time, a disciple of Mata Sridhar organized a community meal in which the whole village including Gorakh Nath and his disciples were invited. There also Bhairon Nath attempted to grab Mata Vaishno Devi. Upon such, Mata Vaishno Devi decided to flee away to the mountains and continue her meditation. Bhairon Nath chased her with an intention to marry her. The goddess had no other option other then killing him. Upon death, Bhairon Nath realised his mistake and prayed to the divine goddess to forgive him. The almighty had mercy on him and gave a boon that all her devotees will have to visit Bhairon’s ashram and only then the purpose of visiting Mata Vaishno Devi will be complete. After this Mata Vaishno Devi shed off human form and taking the form of a rock, she immersed into meditation forever.

The temple of Mata Vaishno Devi is one of the major Hindu temples dedicated to Parvati. This beautiful temple is located in Jammu and Kashmir.

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