Record pilgrimage to holy Mata Vaishno Devi
Mew Delhi: In this year till December 2009 record pilgrims come in the Hindu Goddes Sri Mata Vaishnav Devi In the Jammu ans Kashmir. Breaking all previous records, over 80 lakh pilgirms visited the holy cave shrine of Vaishno Devi till 25th of December this year, nestled in Trikuta hills in Jammu and Kashmir. An Additional Chief Executive Officer of the Vaishno Devi Shrine Board said that a new milestone has been set. In 2007, as many as 74.17 lakh worshippers had offered prayers at the revered shrine. The dip in the pilgrim flow last year, which saw 67.5 lakh devotees visiting the shrine, was due to the two-month long Amarnath land row in the state. In Jammu & Kashmir, pilgrimage to holy cave shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi created a new history by surpassing eight million marks for the first time.
Vaishno Devi Mandir is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Shakti, located in the hill of Vaishno Devi, Jammu and Kashmir, India. In Hinduism, Vaishno Devi, also known as Mata Rani and Vaishnavi, is a manifestation of the Mother Goddess. The temple is near the town of Katra, in Jammu district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is one of the most revered places of worship in Northern India. The shrine is at an altitude of 5200 feet and a distance of approximately 12 kilometres (7.45 miles) from Katra. Visit the temple every year and is the second most visited religious shrine in India, after Tirumala Venkateswara Temple. The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board maintains the shrine. A rail link from Udhampur to Katra is being built to facilitate pilgrimage. According to Hindu epic, Maa Vaishno Devi took birth in the South of India in the home of Ratnakar Sagar, Her worldly parents had remained childless for a long time. Ratnakar had promised, the night before the birth of the Divine child that he would not come in the way of whatever his child desired. Ma Vaishno Devi was called Trikuta as a child. Later she was called Vaishnavi because of her taking birth from Lord Vishnu's lineage. When Trikuta was 9 years old, she sought her father's permission for doing penance on the seashore. Trikuta prayed to Lord Vishnu in the form of Rama. During Shree Rama's search for Sita, He reached the seashore along with His army. His eyes fell on this Divine Girl in deep meditation. Trikuta told Shree Rama that she had accepted Him as Her husband. Shree Rama told her that during this Incarnation He had vowed to be faithful to only Sita. However the Lord assured her that in Kaliyuga He would manifest as Kalki and would marry her.