To know the history
of the temple we must go back to Treta Yug
when the virtuous people were
tormented by the Asuras (demons)
Kumb-Karan, Khardooshan, Tadka and others.
The Gods decided to create
a divine personality, in the roop (form) of a girl
for their protection.
The divine girl asked the Gods the cause
and reason for her birth. The divine forces told
her that she
had been created to protect Dharma and rekindle
spirit of religion. She took birth in
South India at the home of Ratnakar Sagar as a
girl named Trikuta. Later the
same girl was
called Vaishno because of her taking birth from
Lord Vishnu’s lineage. The religion propagated
goddess girl was called Vaishno-Dharm.
On hearing this Ram told her that he had vowed to be faithful to wife. However, Ram ji wished that penance of Trikuta should no go waste and unfruitful. Therefore he said to her, “I will definitely come to see you in a disguised form. If you can recognise me at that time then I will accept you.”
It is said that on his return from Lanka, Lord Rama went to see the girl in the form of an old monk (Sadhu) but she did not recognise him as God.
He revealed his identity and assured Trikuta that in ‘Kaliyug’ he would manifest himself as ‘Kalki’ would marry her.
He asked Trikuta to meditate in Trikuta range of Manik Mountains, situated in north India. He said that Trikuta would become immortal forever and would become famous as ‘Vaishno Devi’.
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