The famous Vaishno Devi Temple located in Katra at the Trikuta Mountains within the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is an important Hindu temple. It is one of the 108 Shakti Peethas dedicated to Mata Durga. The temple, sacred to all Hindus has the most visited devotees, and the number increases during festivals like Navaratri and Diwali.
Vaishno Devi (also known as Mata Rani, Trikuta, Ambe, and Vaishnavi) is a manifestation of the Hindu Mother Goddess, Devi. Mata Vaishnavi was formed from the combined energies of the three goddesses, Kali, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. The three pindies — Mahakali, Mahalaxmi, and Mahasarawati, all images of Vaishno Devi are worshipped at the temple. The feet of the holy idols are washed by the water brought from the perennial flowing river Banganga.
According to the legend, during the Treta Yug, evil forces began to threaten the earth. Mother earth was totally devastated and in order to save herself, Bhumi (mother earth) went to Trimurti for help. While the three goddesses, Saraswati, Laxmi, and Parvati were helpless, they decided to combine their forces and created a goddess named Vaishno Devi. After a number of battles, the goddess successfully defeated the evils and was ordered to stay on earth to protect it.
Years later, Vaishno Devi was reborn into a Brahmin family. Right from her childhood, the goddess was attracted to Bhagwan Vishnu and has decided to marry him. She began to meditate with full devotion in order to please him. One fine day, Bhagwan Vishnu, in the form of Rama, came to her but refused her marriage proposal and told her that he was in search of his lost wife Sita. Seeing his devotee in misery, Rama promised to return one day and if she recognizes him, he will get married to her. Years after, Rama came there as an old man, but she couldn’t recognize him. As a result, Rama again promised to marry her as Kalki.