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Katra, the base camp for the Vaishno Devi yatra, is also the access point for the revered shrine of Shiv Khori. Situated 78 kms from Katra and 130 kms from Jammu, this cave-shrine is dedicated to Shiva. Ransoo village in Reasi district is the base camp from where pilgrims can reach the cave shrine, which is a 3-km trek ahead. The Shiv Khori Shrine Board is planning to start helicopter services from katra to Ranson.
the cave, which enshrines a 1.2 m high swayambhu (naturally-formed) linga, is shaped like Shiva's damn, with a wide mouth that tapers as one reaches the sanctum, and then opens up again into a gradually-widening passage.
Naturally-formed pindis inside the cave are worshipped as Parvati, Ganesha, Kartikeva and Nandi, while etchings and cupules on the inside walls are venerated as other gods of the Hindu pantheon.
The story of Shiv Khori is linked to the ferocious demon Bhasmasura, a devotee of Shiva. The demon was given a boon by Shiva whereby he could turn people to ash at the merest touch of his hand. Elated with his power, Bhasmasura turned upon Shiva and started chasing him. Shiva, unwilling to rescind his boon, entered Shiv Khori cave and cut a tunnel through the mountain with his trident. Eventually, Vishnu appeared in front of Bhasmasura in the form a seductress and tricked him into using his powers against himself.
It is a widely believed that the Shiv Khori cave is linked to the venerated shrine of Amarnath through this passage.
Thousands of devotees throng this cave shrine and offer prayers to Shiva during the annual three-day festival on the eve of Mahashivaratri in February.For more information on Shiv Khori and Vaishno Devi yatra, contact http://www.swantour.com/ and call – 011 23415601
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