Thursday, October 11, 2018


Significance of Maa Vaishno Devi

Sri Vaishno Devi, also known as Sri Matha Rani, Trikuta and Vaishnavi, is a manifestation of the Hindu Mother Goddess Mahalakshmi. The words "MAA" and "MATHA" are commonly used in India for "mother", and thus are often used in connection with Sri Vaishno Devi.  Sri Vaishno Devi Mandir is located at the Trikuta Mountains within the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
      Sri Vaishno Devi is the incarnation of Devi Durga. Mata Vaishno Devi was born in the Southern part of India, and was named Trikuta. She was later called Vaishnavi because she had taken birth from the lineage of Lord Vishnu. When she was 9 years old, Trikuta sought her father's permission for performing penance on the seashore. Trikuta sat there, praying to Lord Rama, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. At that very time, Lord Rama passed along the seashore, in search of Goddess Sita, who had been abducted by the Demon King, Ravana. Rama approached her and blessed her. Trikuta told Rama that she had already accepted him as her husband. Rama, being Eka Patni Vrata and moved by the girl's devotion towards him, gave her the name Vaishnavi and promised her that during Kaliyuga, he would take an avatar of Kalki and would then marry her.
       Lord Rama instructed Trikuta to meditate in a particular cave found in the Trikuta Range of Manik Mountains, situated in Northern India. Rama also promised her that the entire world would sing her praises and revere her as Mata Vaishno Devi. It is due to Rama's blessings that Mata Vaishno Devi attained immortality and now attracts several hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to the shrine each year. Maa Vaishnavi is presently penancing at Trikuta Parvat and waiting for Lord Sri Ram to come there as he had promised at the end of Kalyug.