Brief Introduction Of Vaishno Devi Temple
Hindus try to pay their visit to the temple of Vaishno Devi once in their lifetime located at the Trikuta Mountain in Jammu and Kashmir. This temple is also known as the shrine of Mata Rani. It is hard to tell when the temple of Vaishno Devi came into existence though the worship of female deities started during Puranic Era.
Cultural, spiritual and religious significance:
When you pay your visit to Vaishno devi temple Katra, you will get enthralled by the scenic beauty from Sheshnag to Panjtarni. Pilgrims visit the temple of Mata Rani as they believed the deity fulfills the wish of pilgrims. The temple of Vaishno Devi is dedicated to Shakti. The belief that the deity removes all worries of her children is drawing millions of devotees to the temple every year. It is believed that this shrine is holiest among all Shaktipeeths. It is believed that a devotee can only visit the temple when the Mata calls devotees.
About the deity:
The temple is dedicated to Mata Vaishno devi, who is an incarnation of Mata Maha Lakshmi, Mata Maha Kali and Mata Maha Saraswati. Mata Rani in her tender age acquired vast spiritual knowledge and became an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. Mata Vaishno Devi was called Vaishanavi by parents after years of meditation in cave transformed into an eight armed beautiful lady and was positioned on a lion after beheading Bhairavnath. Pandit Sridhar, staunch devotee of Shakti played a key role in popularizing Vaishno Mata.
Description of the deity:
Mata Vaishno Devi is located in the center between other two deities and is yellowish-red in color. In the cave Vaishno Mata appears in the form of natural rock and is termed as Holy Pindi of Vaishno Mata. She is considered the main source of prosperity, wealth and material gains. Prosperity and wealth are generally represented by golden color, so it is associated with Vaishno Mata. The deity represents Raja Guna- that is the quality of effort and inspiration.
Other deities inside the cave
Apart from the Holy Pindi of Vaishno Mata, present the Holy Pindi of Mata Maha Kali on the right side of the deity and on the left is present Mata Maha Saraswati. Symbol of Vakra Tund Ganesh, Surya and Chandra are also present inside the holy cave.
Rituals followed in the temple:
The “Aarti” of the deity is usually done twice a day, once before the sunrise and the second is just immediately after the sunset. The priests performed the “Aarti” first before the Holy Pindis and then outside the cave. Before the “Aarti” is performed, the priest does self-purification. The deity is then bathed in water, ghee, milk, sugar and honey. After that the deity is made to wear saree, chuni and chola along with the ornaments. Various mantras are chanted during the whole process. Then prasad is offered to the deity. After that priest starts the “Aarti” lighting the lamp. During “Aarti” devotes are not allowed inside the cave. After the “Aarti’, priests distribute the Vaishno devi temple Prasad to the devotees.
Special celebration in the temple:
It is said that every individual must pay a visit at least once in their lifetime to the temple of Vaishno Mata. You can visit thought out the year but mostly it is preferred if the devotees visit the temple during the summer months, that is, May, June and July. During the Navraatri and festival of Chaitra devotees must pay their visit to the temple of Mata Rani to seek her blessings. Visiting the temple during New Year is also considered to be auspicious.
As the winter months are extremely chilly, you must take adequate winter garments with you during the Yatra so that you do not fall ill while visiting the temple. Special pujas are offered to the deity during Naavratri. People from all over the country visits the temple on this special occasion and offers Vaishno devi temple puja . The temple receives massive rush throughout the year but during Naavratri it reaches the highest point.
Pilgrimage value of the temple:
People go for Vaishno devi temple darshan throughout the year as it is believed the deity fulfills all desires of her devotees. When you plan to visit the temple, you are assured that Mata will shower all her love on you and will make you prosperous and wealthy.