Why do we worship Vaishno Devi?

This holy shrine of the Divine Mother is tucked into a beautiful, ancient cave high up on the sacred Trikoota Mountain. The Divine Mother rests at this place in the exalted form of Vaishno Mata who is believed to be an embodiment of Goddess Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati. Held with utmost regard by the Shaktas (worshippers of God as Divine Mother), the pious and blessed shrine of Vaishno Mata is one of the rare Shakti Peethas or abode of supreme power in the Indian subcontinent.

Legends and believes

There are many legends associated with the shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi. One is Lord Rama’s encounter with Goddess Vaishnavi during the period of his exile, when he directed the Goddess towards the holy cave situated in Trikoot Parbat. There are other legends too, like that of the Pandavas, who are said to have visited the holy abode and are also believed to have built a temple here. Prahalad, the legendary son of the atheist king Hiranyakashyap, is also believed to have undertaken a pilgrimage to the holy shrine.

The miracle

However, the most popular and well-known legend is that of Sridhar Brahman, who used to live in village Hansali situated at the foot of Trikoot Parbat, adjacent to modern- day Katra Town. Shridhar was a staunch devotee of Maa Shakti. Even though he was a very poor man, with the inspiration and assurance of Goddess Vaishnavi who appeared one day in his dream in her Kanyaroop, Sridhar undertook the task of organising a grand “bhandara”. Sridhar went from door to door, requesting his neighbours and acquaintances to give him raw provisions which could be cooked and served to the guests on the day of the Bhandara. Though a few of them obliged him, many others turned down his request. They even taunted him for having the audacity to hold a ‘bhandara’ without having the wherewithal for organizing it. As the day of the Bhandara drew nearer, Shridhar’s worries about feeding the guests invited to the Bhandara also increased. On the night preceding the day of the Bhandara, Shridhar could not sleep a wink. He spent the entire night grappling with the problem of how to feed his guests with the limited provisions and to accommodate them in the inadequate space that he had. When he was unable to come up with a satisfactory solution to his problems, he simply resigned himself to his fate and got up to face the day.

In the morning of the bhandara, Pandit Shridhar sat down for puja outside his hut. By midday, his guests started arriving. Finding him deeply involved in puja, they began to make themselves comfortable wherever they could find place. Strangely enough, a very large number of guests were able to comfortably find space inside Sridhar’s small hut. When his puja ended, Shridhar looked around and saw that a huge number of guests had arrived. As he wondered how to tell his guests that he would not be able to feed all of them, he saw Vaishnavi herself coming into his hut. With the grace of Goddess Vaishanvi, all guests were offered food and the Bhandhara turned out to be very successful.

The divine call

It is a belief held in sacred regard by the devotees of Divine Mother that unless She beckons you to visit her, it is impossible to have her darshan. The bulawa (or Divine Call) to receive blessings of the Mother is all that is needed and the rest will be taken care of by Her. Therefore, high or low, wise or ignorant, men or women await Her bulawa.

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