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Shiv Khodi Does Lord Shiva Still Live Here


Shiv Khori


Shiv Khori
Shiv Khori is also known as the home of Lord Shiva. The place is considered to be one of the other major cave pilgrimages in Jammu as a Shivalinga originated here. The Shivling located here is 150 meters high. This place is a major pilgrimage for the God of destruction, Shaivite devotees, and devotees of Shiva. Swayambhu Lingam is another major attraction of this place. On this lingam, the milky liquid keeps falling over the year, which falls from the rocks located here. On the walls of this place, you will also see the figure of Gods and Goddesses.

Shiv Khodi





Shiva Khodi is a natural cave in the Shivalik mountain range, which has a nature-built Shiva-linga. A huge fair is organized on the day of Maha Shivaratri at the Shiva Khodi pilgrimage site, in which thousands of people come from far and wide to participate in this fair. The journey of Shiva Khodi lasts for twelve months. Many remnants of ancient temples are still scattered in the area. Shiva Khodi is a great pilgrimage site for Shiva devotees.

History And Introduction




No authentic history of Shiva Khodi Shiva Tirtha is available till date. Folk legends state that King Salvahana of Sialkot (in present-day Pakistan) visited the Shiva lingam of Shiv Khodi and also built several temples in the region, which later came to be known as the Salvahana Temple.
This cave has two chambers. The outer chamber is somewhat larger, but the inner chamber is smaller. The passage from the outer chamber to the inner chamber is somewhat tight and of low height from where it has to bend. Later, this route was divided into two parts, one of which is considered Kashmir. This path has now been closed. The second path leads to the cave, where there is a statue of Swayambhu Shiva. There is a sculpture painting on the roof of the cave, from where milk water is dripping on the Shivling.
This place is on the Reasi-Rajouri road, which is located ten miles from Pauni Village. There are many caves in the Shivalik mountain ranges. These caves are natural. Many caves have idols or bodies named after various deities. Many idols or bodies are also natural among them. These caves are also considered sacred as they belong to the Dev Pindis. The name of Shiva Khodi is very famous among the sacred caves of Duggar province. This cave is located near Ransu place of Pauni Bharakh area under Tehsil Reasi. The place called Ransu is located at a distance of about one hundred kilometers from Jammu. To get here one gets bus from Jammu. People from Katra, Reasi, Akhnoor, and Kalakot also reach Ransu by bus. Shiva is dug six kilometers from Ransu. It is a small hill zonal village. The population of this village is close to three hundred. There are also many waterfalls here. After taking bath in the water tanks, the pilgrims proceed to Dev place. The project to build the road to Dev place is underway, two kilometers from Ransu road is ready. Passengers leave the road and proceed towards the mountain. A trip to the mountain is very charming. The route here is full of rich natural scenery. Spontaneously flowing water bodies, shady trees, multi-coloured bird groups attract the attention of tourists. Travelers walk the four kilometers of the Zigzag Mountains and reach the exterior of the cave. The exterior of the cave is very wide. Thousands of passengers can stand together in this section. The inner part of the cave starts after the outer one. It is very narrow. Passengers slipping and shaking as they move. In many places one has to walk on knees. There are caves within the cave as well, so it is not advisable to enter the cave without a guide. The day remains dark inside the cave. Therefore, travellers carry a flashlight or candle with them. Stairs also have to be climbed at a place inside the cave, then after a short climb the Shivling is visible. Shivalinga is made with the ramparts of the cave. This is the natural penis. Its height is about one meter. Around the Shivling, water is dripping from the roof of the cave. This water is milk coloured. Due to that milky water freezing, there are many small lines inside and outside the cave, which looks very unique and attractive. At one place on the roof of the cave, the breasts of the cow are made, from which the milk drips and falls on the Shivling. There is another cave next to the Shivling. This cave is very long. There are many inhibitors in its pathway. It is famous that this cave goes to Amarnath Swami.

Are You Planning A Trip To Shiv Khori

If you are planning to travel on weekends, you can visit Shiv Khoi's cave some distance from Jammu. This cave is located in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir. It is one of the major places of worship of Lord Shiva. This sacred cave is 150 meters long. There is a 4 feet high Shivling of Lord Shankar in this cave. The stream of holy water always falls on this Shivling.
There is a religious belief that every wish is fulfilled by the sight of Lord Shiva kept in this cave. It is believed that this cave was built by Lord Shankar himself. Legend has it that Bhasmasura meditated on Shankar and was pleased. Then Bhasmasura received a boon from Shiva that whoever placed a hand on his head should be consumed. As soon as the groom was found, Bhasmasura proceeded to lay his hands on Lord Shankar.

Cave Size

The cave is shaped like the Damru of Lord Shankar. Just as the damru is larger on both sides and smaller than the middle, similarly the cave is also larger on both sides and smaller in the middle. The mouth of the cave is 100 meters. Is wide. But when it moves inward it becomes narrow. There are lots of natural beauty scenes inside the cave.
The mouth of the cave is very large. It is 20 feet wide and 22 feet high. The shape of Sheshnag is seen at the mouth of the cave. The pigeons also look like the Amarnath cave in Shiv Khori cave. Passengers reach the main part of the cave by a narrow passage. At the main place of the cave is Lord Shankar's 4 feet high Shivling. Just above this, there are four cows of cow called Kamdhenu's abdomen. Of these, water keeps falling continuously.

To the left of the Shivling is the figure of Mata Parvati. This shape is in meditation posture. Along with the idol of Goddess Parvati, there is Gauri Kund, which is always filled with holy water. The figure of Lord Karthikeya is also visible on the left side of the lingam. Above the idol of Karthikeya is a five-faced figure of Lord Ganesha. There is a Ram Durbar near Shivling. Inside the cave is a figure of 33 crore gods of Hindus. On the top of the cave, the shape of six faces like Sheshnag, Trishul etc. is clearly visible. Also, the round shape of the Sudarshan Chakra is also clearly visible. In the second part of the cave, Mahalakshmi, Mahakali, Sarasvati are seen as Pindi.

Precautions
Travelers should carry raincoats, torches etc. with them while going from Ransu to Shiv Khori. These items are also available on rent here. When the devotees proceed from here to Shiv Khori, a river comes on the way. Due to the water of the river being white like milk, it is also called milk Ganga. A cave appears in front of Shiv Khori. About 60 steps have to be climbed to enter the cave. 'Jai Ho Baba Bholenath' - This declaration comes out of people's mouth as soon as they enter the cave.

Mythology

Story of Bhasmasura


Many stories are famous in relation to this cave. Among these stories, the story related to Bhasmasura is most prevalent. Bhasmasura belonged to the Ashura caste. He had done harsh penance to Lord Shankar, due to which he was pleased that Lord Shankar gave him a boon that the person who laid his hands on his head, would be consumed. After receiving the boon, he started torturing sages and saints. His atrocities had increased so much that even the gods were afraid of him. The gods started looking for ways to kill him. Under this measure, Narad Muni inspired him to abduct Goddess Parvati. Narad Muni said to Bhasmasura, she is very powerful. Therefore she needs beautiful beauty like Parvati, which is very beautiful. Bhasmasura was tempted and ran after Lord Shankar with a desire to find Parvati. When Shankar saw her coming behind him, he ran away with Parvati and Nandi and then stopped at Shiv Khori. Here a war started between Bhasmasura and Lord Shankar. Due to the war here, the place was named Ransu. Run means 'war' and Su means 'land'. For this reason, this place is called 'Runsu'. Runsu is the base camp of the Shivkhodi Yatra. He could not kill her because of his boon. Lord Shankar created Shivkhodi with his trident. Lord Shankar entered the cave with Goddess Parvati and sat in yoga practice. After this, Lord Vishnu took the form of Parvati and started dancing with Bhasmasura. He placed his hand on his head during the dance, similarly, Bhasmasura also placed his hand on his head, due to which he was consumed. After this, Lord Vishnu entered the cave with the help of Kamdhenu’s, then all the gods worshiped Lord Shankar. At the same time Lord Shankar said that from today this place will be known as 'Shiv Khori'.


Major Festivals

The holy festival of Mahashivaratri, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, begins with pomp in Shivkhodi. A three-day fair is organized here every year. Over the years, the number of devotees visiting here has increased considerably. Devotees from various states receive the blessings of Lord Shiva here. The festival of Shivaratri is celebrated in the last week of February or the first week of March.

Work Done By The Shrine Board


In view of the increase in the number of pilgrims at the Shiva night fair, a Shrine Board has been formed here. The Shrine Board has made special arrangements for the pilgrims here. Drinking water has been provided at various places so that passengers do not face any problem while walking. Elsewhere, avenues have been built to entertain the passengers. 3 km to make walking easy and comfortable. The tile has been laid in the footpath of the arrangement
Keeping in mind the increase in the number of pilgrims, the Yatri Niwas have been arranged by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department. This Yeti residence is in Ransu village. Runsu is the base camp of Shiva Khodi. There are also a large number of private hotels here. Here you will find all the widgets.
It takes us about two and a half hours to reach Shivkhodi. You have to start by parking your car, and giving the food number, yes, you have to start the food sequence from there. As many people. Also, she cooks. Rajma, rice, and ghee roti are famous here. And the food is very tasty.

After climbing for about five kilometers, we reach the cave. To go inside to see, one has to keep mobile, camera and everything outside. There is another problem here. There are no clock rooms etc. Some people have to leave and hand them over.

Shiv Khori Yatra



Vaishno visits the goddess every year, but this time going to Shiv Khori is a new experience. This pilgrimage site of Ransu area, 80 km from Katra, was considered a sensitive area till a few years ago as it is very close to the Rajouri-Poonch sector, but now the situation is normal and there is a lot of pilgrims.
The time of the first week of November and the best season proved to be the icing on the cake as the number of travellers these days is usually mid-summer. Thousands of devotees visit the Vaishno Devi every day during the summer vacation. Also, in the warm climate of winter and summer, it is our own pleasure to visit the hills.
In the cave of Shiva Khodi, there are visions of Parvati, Ganesh, Karthikeya, and Nandi’s Pindis along Shiva. This cave is considered as Swayambhu. The sages of the seven sages, Pandavas and Rama-Sita can also be seen here. Shiva Khori is also known as the house of God. On the walls of this place you will also see the figure of Gods and Goddesses. Natural consecration occurs automatically when drops of waterfall on the roof of the cave. This cave made by Shiva is very deep, its end is not visible. At one place, it is divided into two parts, it is believed that one of these routes leads to the Amarnath cave.
The cave can be reached from both Jammu and Katra. Ransu is 110 and 80 km away from these places respectively. There is a climb of about 3.5 km from Runsu to Shiv Khori Cave. Which ends directly near the cave.
Both its Malik bus and taxi can be used. Mule facility is also available for those who have difficulty in walking.

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