“The old and natural cave of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Temple has opened for darshan
since Monday 16th
of January 2017 for the next few weeks.”
This news is being seen on all news channels since the past few days, and is the reason for joy for all the devotees who seek to attain Mata Rani’s blessings. Every year, this cave opens for a few weeks after Makar Sankranti when the number of pilgrims is relatively low. Devotees who have been waiting for this news desperately have started planning and booking their tickets for Jammu!
Although we all have heard about Mata Vaishno Devi, but how many of us know the story behind this temple? Amongst the 108 Shakti Peeths in India, this is one of the shrines dedicated to Goddess Parvati. In this avatar, she is seen riding on a tiger, and dressed in a bright red crimson saree with eight hands.
Going back to the Treta Yug, she was born in South India to Ratnakar Sagar as a girl named Trikuta. (Later, she was called Vaishno as she took birth from Lord Vishnu’s lineage.) When she grew a little older, she sought permission from her father to take to meditation on the seashore. At the seashore, she prayed to Lord Vishnu in the form of Lord Rama. Meanwhile, searching for his wife Sita, Lord Rama reached the shore with his army, and his eyes fell on this divine girl in deep meditation. Lord Rama asked her name and why she was there. Trikuta told him that she had accepted him as her husband by heart and mind. On hearing this, Lord Rama told her that he has vowed to have only one wife. However, seeing her dedication and devotion, he told her that he will soon return in a disguised form, and if Trikuta could recognize him, he will accept her.
After liberating Sita and returning From Lanka, Lord Rama went to see Trikuta in the form of an old monk, but she did not recognize him, thus failing to be accepted by him. Lord Rama revealed his identity and assured her that he would manifest himself as ‘Kalki’ in Kalyug
and marry her then. Meanwhile, he asked Trikuta to meditate in the Trikuta range of Manik Mountains in North India. He also declared that Trikuta would become immortal forever and would be worshipped as ‘Vaishno Devi’. He also gave her a bow and arrows, a small army of monkeys, and a lion for protection. Ever since, the temple of Mata Vaishno Devi is visited by people from all walks of life, men and women alike, to seek her blessings.
Mata Vaishno Devi is none other but the form of Goddess Parvati. If you wish to impress this great Shakti, you must pray to her along with her husband Lord Shiva. You can have the auspicious Gauri Shankar Puja done by MakeMyPuja Pandits if you are looking for a good husband, or if you wish to maintain and regain back positivity in your relationships.