Goddess Vaishnavi Devi
Goddess Vaishnavi devi temple is devoted to Goddess Shakti, a sort of Goddess Vaishnavi who is that the consort of Lord Shiva. This temple is found On Trikoot Parvat (Hill), in Katra, Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir. the peak of the temple is about 5200feet. Here Goddess Sati’s tongue has fallen during this temple. it’s one among the important 18 shakti peethas. According to one legacy, the origin of Goddess Vaishnavi devi Temple takes us back to around 700 years when at Pandit Shridhar’s place, a bhandar was organized by the Mata. Even Lord Krishna advised Lord Arjuna to hunt the blessings from Goddess Vaishnavi devi. The human hand shaped stone or the Varad Hast (the hand that provides blessings), is believed to be the proper arm of Sati. Today, the management of the Yatra and therefore the temple is handled by Goddess Vaishnavi devi Shrine Board.
How To Perform Pujas To Goddess Vaishnavi Devi
Devotees are performing pujas to Goddess Vaishno Devi before sunrise and after sunset. It takes almost two hours to perform the Aarti and performed inside the sanctum sanctorum. The procedure of ‘Aarti’ may be a very sacred and lengthy one. The Pujaris perform ‘Aarti’ before the deity first inside the sanctum- sanctorum then outside the cave. Before the commencement of ‘Aarti’, the Pujaris perform ‘Aatma pujan’ i,e self-purification. Then the Goddess is bathed in water, milk, ghee (Clarified butter), honey and sugar, which is named Panchamrita Puja. Thereafter the goddess is dressed-up during a saree, chola and chunari and adorned with ornaments. the entire process takes place along side the enchantment of varied shlokas and Mantras. Thereafter Tilak (sacred mark)is placed on the forehead of the deity and Naivedya (prasad) is obtainable to her. The Pujaris perform pujas for various Gods and Goddesses, because it may be a believed that in the Aarti time, all the Gods and Goddesses reside within the sanctum Sanctorum. The Jyoti (divine lamp) is lighted then the ‘Aarti’ of the goddess is performed. After the entire procedure, the thaal which contains the lamp and various other items utilized in the ‘Aarti’, is brought outside the mouth of the holy cave, where ‘Aarti’ of the goddess is performed within the presence of yatris. The yatris who remain seated outside the holy cave during the time when the Aarti is performed inside the Sanctum Sanctorum, keep taking note of the Pravachans of head Pandit. After the Aarti outside the holy cave gets over, the pujari distributes Prasadam and therefore the charanamrit (the holy water) to the devotees. the entire Aarati process takes nearly two hours during which, new entries of devotees are suspended. All the specified maintenance work inside the cave is administered during this point only.
The amalgamation of the three manifestations of Goddess Shakti pulled into a collective Tejas (spiritual strength). a powerful bright light was generated from the coalescence of Tajas and therefore the genesis of a gorgeous lass happened. The event was justified by stating that she would be upholding righteousness within the world. Thus Goddess Vaishnavi after browsing penance, austerity and hardship reached the foothills of Trikuta. After fixing an ashram, Goddess Vaishnavi was pursued by Bhairon Nath (able disciple of Gorakh Nath). Goddess Vaishnavi had to escape her ashram initially and thereafter had to kill Bhairon Nath. Since then Goddess Vaishnavi assumed the form of three heads (pindis) and dedicated herself into meditation forever.
- Bless Peace and harmony.
- Remove evil thoughts.
- Abundance of wealth and prosperity.
- Remove all doshas during a horoscope.
- Triumph over adversaries.
- Avoids premature death.