One of the most revered Hindu pilgrimages sites in India, Vaishno Devi is nestled in the Trikuta Hills in Jammu. It is located at an altitude of 5,000 feet above sea level in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. Maa Vaishno Devi, is the manifestation of Maa Parvati or Shakti and is the said to be the abode of 33 Hindu gods. One of the legends associated with the shrine is that when Devi Vaishnavi, a combined form of Shree Laxmi, Maa Saraswati and Maa Kali, went into a cave in the Trikuta Parvat, she was harassed by a tantrik named Bhairo Nath, who was chasing her. Later she attained the form of ferocious “Kali” and beheaded him.
Devotees choose different ways as per their wish like walking bare feet, crawling all the way up to seek Devi Maa’s blessing and pay gratitude for the wish fulfillment. Vaishno Devi is believed to be the bestower of strength to the weak, sight to the blind, wealth to the poor and bless childless couples with children. It is seen that a stream of Ganga flows through the cave. The devotees wash themselves with this water before heading to the temple.