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Shivkhori is a famous cave shrine of Hindus devoted to lord Shiva, situated in district Udhampur of Jammu and Kashmir state in India. In Udhampur district, there are many shrines such as Mata Vaishno Devi, Sudhmahadev, Pingla Mata, Mahamaya Chountra Mata, Merhada Mata, Baba Dhandar, Siad Baba.
Shiv Khori is one of them located in village Ransoo of Pouni block in tehsil Reasi of the Udhampur district, which attracts lakhs of devotees in a year. Shiv Khori is situated in between the hillocks about 140 km north of Jammu, 120 km from Udhampur and 80 km from Katra.
Buses and light vehicles go up to Ransoo, the base camp of pilgrimage surrounded by lush green mountains. People have to traverse about 3 km track on foot which is recently being constructed by the Shiv Khori Shrine Board, Ransoo duly headed by the District Development Commissioner,
Udhampur as chairman and Sub Divisional Magistrate, Reasi as Member Secretary.
to the people is unending and believed to have led to Swami Amar Nath cave in Kashmir. As per assessment of local people, it measures nearly half a kilometer in length but Yatries are allowed to go only upto 130 meters. Rest part of the cave is still a mystery as no one could go further due to lack of oxygen.
It is believed that some Sadhus who dared to go ahead never returned. The cave is in the shape of Lord Shiva’s Damroo i.e. wide at the two ends while very congested at the center. The width of the cave is so less at certain place that a person can barely crawl through whereas at places it over a hundred feet wide and quite high too.
There are many features, which can be observed in the cave; however, the best of them is the natural water dripping from the top to the Shivlingum.
length. While entering into this mesmerizing hall one can see the natural depiction of gigantic snake like formation believe to be Sheshnag. Pigeons are also seen here like Amarnath cave. After crossing the narrow passage, yatry reaches in the main cave area where sanctum sanctorum is situated.
The open part of cave has a four feet high naturally formed Shiv-lingam at the heart of the Sanctum Sanctorum. Just above the shivlingam a cow like formation is visible believe to be Kamdhenu and can be identified by her udders. The natural water dripping from nipples of udders on
the Shivlingum symbolizes the eternity of the holy river Ganga. It is believed that milk used to ooze out during old days but turned into water in Kaliyuga.
holy feet. Along the image of Maa Parwati, Gauri kund is also visible which is always full of holy water. Image of Kartikeya is also seen in left of Shivlingam. At nearly 2.5 feet above the Kartikeya , image of five headed Ganesha is clearly visible. To the right side of Shivlingam one can see Ramdarbar
having images of Lord Ram, Lakhshman, Sita and Hanuman. The whole cave is abounds with a number of other natural images which have been described as images of 33 crores hindu deities and their vahanaas. The cave roof is etched with snake like formations, the
water trickles through these in the cave. ‘ Three pronged lance ‘ ( Trishul ) ‘ Oum ‘ and ‘ Six Mouthed Sheshnaga ‘ ( Shkshthamukhi Sheshnag ) are seen on the roof of the cave.
The main part of cave roof has round cutting mark
signifying construction of cave by Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Vishnu. In the second half of the main chamber Mahakali & Maha Sarswati is present. The potsherd of Mahakali is always full of holy water, which devotees use to sprinkle on themselves. Little above from the Mahakali, Panch –
Pandava are present in natural rock form (pindies). Infront of the Mahakali on other wall of cave, natural rock image of Lord Shiva lieing down on floor is visible. A holy foot of Maa Kali is also visible on body of lord shiva. The whole environment inside the cave is so mesmerizing that a devotee feel himself
in abode of god’s place and whole nature appears turned spiritual.
Guru Govind Singh. It is situated on the bank of river Chenab near about 20 km away from Reasi. Thousands of devotees all over the State and neighboring States visits this holy Shrine Dera Baba Banda Bahadur throughout the year and especially on the
occassion of Baishakhi, when a three day mela is also held here during the month of April. Number of Buses and other light vehicles are available from Reasi and Katra for this place.
The Aghar Jitto is situated on Reasi Katra road about 6 kms from Katra and is a religious place where thousands of devotees irrespective of caste and creed or colour visits throughout the year. A 3 day fair is also held here during the month of June on
the occasion of Jeshta Pvmitaa in the memory of Great revolutionary farmer Baba Jitto and his daughter Bua Kouri. Buses and other light vehicles can be haired from Katra and Reasi to reach this place.
situated quite on the Reasi Katra road about 8 kms away from Katra and 19 kms from Reasi. The Shrine is a naturally formed Nine Pindies symbolised the Nine Avtar of MahaShakti. Thousands of devetees especially the pilgrims of Shiv Khori visit this place throughout the year.
Buses and other vehicles are available from Katra to reach this place.
abovt 1 km distance by foot to reach this place. Thousands of devotees especially The shivKhoii devotees hailing from various parts of the country visit this place throughout the year. There is natural Shiv Lingam existing and droplets of water are automatically trapping on it. Buses and light vehicles can be had from Kata and Reasi to visit this place.
The common Hindu belief says that one must thank almighty in its varied fruitful forms and this is the reason even rivers are worshipped in India. It is a sweet gesture through which devotees express their gratitude towards God for availing optimum water. At Yamunotri one of such sacred rivers River Yamuna emerges in the form of a small streamlet.
Situated at an altitude of about 3293 meters in the Garhwal Himalayas, Yamunotri is the seat of River Goddess Yamuna. Its sanctity has been ever escalating since it was added as one of the holy destinations of Chhota Char Dham pilgrimage. Yamunotri tour is a perfect way to explore the ethereal bliss of Himalayas and to bow the river deity who resides in the sacred shrine of Yamunotri.
The tour to Yamunotri performed as a part of the pilgrimage is believed to be of the quality of cleansing the soul of all the sins.
Hindus has elevated the river to the stature of divine mother for it has played a significant role in nurturing and developing the surrounding populations.
This trek begins at a small town of Hanuman Chatti from where a 6 kilometres of trek amidst lush valleys will take you to Janki Chatti. Keeping in mind the convenience of adult pilgrims and other disabled devotees here the services of horses, palanquin and ponies is also available for the trek.
Setting on the trek from Hanuman Chatti to Yamunotri you will encounter natural splendour at its best.
This trek is particularly noticed for its breathtaking vistas and cascading waterfall. Two hot springs are situated at Yamunotri offering rejuvenating bath to the tired devotees at Gauri Kund. The pilgrimage is performed in between the months of May to November after Diwali festival during which the temple remains open at a stretch.
The devout devotees can also choose to live here at the temple at the small ashrams and guest houses for a longer stay at the temple close to divinity.
The sacred Char Dham Yatra is believed to be a very sacred entity which should be performed by all Hindus at least once in a lifetime. The visit to Yamunotri is however, not just known for its religious reasons, but now people also visit the region to explore another façade of divinity dissolved in the tranquility and beauty of Mother Nature.
For centuries, saints and pilgrims, in their search for the divine, have walked these mystical vales known in ancient hindu scriptures as ‘Kedarkhand’. Char Dham Yatra 2010 – Detailed information about Char Dham Tour Packages in India for Kedarnath, Badrinath Yamunotri Gangotri Dham.
Today we start our journey starting from Barkot to reach Phool Chatti via Janki Chatti and Hanuman Chatti. From here it is 9 Kms Trek to Yamunotri for which ponies, dandies and kandies are available. Near the temple there are three hot springs. The most important,
Surya Kund, is a Tank full of boiling water into which rice and potatos are dipped to be cooked and taken as “prasad”. A bath in the Hot springs is very refreshing after a tedious walk. Workship the Divya Shila before workshipping the Deity. Later trek to Hanuman Chetti Later drive to barkot.
Day 4: Barkot – Uttarkashi (100kms/4hr)
Today drive from Barkot to Uttarkashi an important pilgrimage centre, situated at an elevation of 1,150 mts. Located on the banks of River Bhagirathi. Some of the important Temples worth visiting are – Vishwanath Temple and Ekadash Rudra. Every year during the “Magh Mela” people visit Uttarkashi to take holy dip in Bhagirathi along with the image of their village deity.
Today morning we drive to Gaurikund , from where we trek to Kedarnath (3584 mts) for which ponies, dandies and kandies are available. Amidst the dramatic mountanscapes of the majestic Kedarnath Range stands one of the twelve “Jyotirlingas” of Kadar ji or Lord Shiva. At an altitude of 3584 Mts. and on the head of river Mandakini, the shrine of Kedarnath is amongst the holiest pilgrimages for the Hindus. Stay at Kedarnath.
Our drive takes us to Pipalkoti in the evening. Stay overnight at Pipalkoti.
An early morning drive from Pipalkoti takes us to Badrinath by the early afternoon. On our way we see the confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers at Vishnuprayag. Encircled by a beautiful valley, on the banks of holy river Alankanda. With the Neelakanth mountains as the backdrop, Badrinath Dham is one of the Holiest of the four shrines on the scared itinerary of every devour Hindu.
After or before Darshan also visit the Mana villiage also considered to be the Last Indian Village before Tibet on this route. Nearby are – Vyas Gufa, Bhim Pul all forming an important part of the pilgrimage to Badrinathji. Stay overnight at Badrinath.
Early morning drive from Badrinath Ji will take us to Srinagar enroute via Joshimuth and Rudraprayag. Srinagar is an facinating old capital of Garhwal. It is an important cultural and Educational centre.
Day 11: Srinagar – Rishikesh (107kms/4hr)
Today we drive from Srinagar after a relaxed morning breakfast for Rishikesh. On our way we come across the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers Deoprayag. Upon arrival check in and later in the afternoon visit Ram Jhula, Luxman Jhula, mandir and ashram. At evening enjoy Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat.
Chardham Yatra is the most popular spiritual yatra starting from April-May and continues till Oct-Nov every year in Uttarakhand India.This is the best time to visit Char Dhams and enjoy the scenic beauty of the environment and nature. It comprises of 4 destinations namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Thousands of pilgrims visit the shrines with a deep religious sentiment around the world each year. It is believe that going for a Chardham Yatra releases an individual from all sins.
As per official statistics of Uttarakhand Government it is expecting that more than 600,000 pilgrims will be visiting Chardham in 2010.
If Hindu mythology considers Mount Kailash as the spiritual centre of the world, the Jain devotees worship it for being the place of enlightenment of their first prophet. The ancient religion of Bon claims its founder Shanrab to have descended from heaven at Mount Kailash. For centuries pilgrims of various faiths have journeyed through this snow covered mountain ranges in quest of enlightenment and they all bow to the almighty in union here at Mount Kailash.
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra takes place every year in the months of May and June when out of thousands of applications a lucky few are selected for going on the pilgrimage. The pilgrimage takes place in several batches and one has to first undergo a medical test to ensure person’s physical condition in good shape to be able to trek on an altitude of 20,000 feet above sea level.
It is thus advisable to book for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2010 well in advance to brighten up the chances of being on this month long sacred journey. The stunning snow clad mountains, peace and serenity of the high altitudes and the peace that surrounds transcends the pilgrims to the state of eternal ecstasy.
While on Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, vacationers can also visit other attractions nearby that would include a visit to Gauri Kund, a lake situated in close distance from Mount Kailash which is believed to be of celestial origin and a dip in it is considered very pious. Also, a beautiful lake by the name of Mansarvoar Lake resides in the vicinity which is almost circular in shape with a circumference of 88 km and 90 meters of depth.
The extreme cold weather conditions freezes the lake during winters and its pristine waters is believed to be blessed with healing properties. Rakshash Tal is a 150 feet deep fresh water lake, known worldwide for being highest fresh water lake in the world.
As the common believe goes, Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is one that demolishes the sins and cleanses the soul of all follies. Thus despite all hardships a large number of devotees and vacationers visit Mount Kailash in pursuit of eternal happiness. For more information you can Contact us at – 09717096542.
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