About Maa Vaishno Devi
- Vaishno Devi (also known as Mata Rani, Trikuta, Ambe, and Vaishnavi) is the manifestation of Hindu mother goddess, Devi. Mata Rani was named Trikuta, but was later called Vaishnavi due to her future relationship with Lord Vishnu . Goddess Vaishno Devi was later called Vaishnavi because she was born into the family lineage of Lord Vishnu. Her father was Ratnakar Sagar.
Story of Vaishno Devi
- Maa Vaishno Devi was born in Ratnakar Sagar who named the goddess as Trikuta. People also started calling him Vaishnavi because of taking birth from the part of Lord Vishnu. For his birth, Ratnakar Sagar and his wife performed many fasts and penances. When Trikuta was 9 years old, she started the penance of Lord Rama on the shore of the sea. At the same time Shri Ram was going towards Lanka. When Shri Ram arrived he saw Trikuta doing his penance and she was happy and blessed him. Then Trikuta expressed her desire to marry him. But Shri Ram told him that she is singular that’s why he cannot marry Trikuta. But he promised her that when he will be born as Kalki in Kali Yuga, then he will definitely marry her. Then he asked the goddess to do penance in a cave located in the ruby mountain in North India. And also gave some weapons for defense. And also blessed that from now on she will be known as Maa Vaishno Devi.
- Later, the news about the Divine Mothers shrine was distributed all over, before the big war between the Kauravas and the Pandavas was to start at Kurukshetra, Lord Krishna advised Arjuna to worship the goddess Durga in order to get her grace. It is also believed that Pandavas visited the temple of the Divine Mother at the holy Trikuta mountain, this is the belief held sacredly by the devotees of the Divine Mother, and it is not possible to get her darshan without Her inviting one to visit Her.
- Maa Vaishno Devi Temple, situated on the Trikuta Hill, Jammu is said to be the birthplace of 33 Hindu deities. There are various versions as to where Mother Goddess origin is established, apparently, it is around 700 years ago that the temple was discovered by Pandit Sridhar in a spot where Mata helped to establish the Bhandara. Vedic literature does not mention the worship of any woman-deity, though Mount Trikuta does have a reference to her in Rigveda, the oldest of the four Vedas. The practice of Maa Vaishno Devi mainly started during Puranic times.