Energy is what has manifested itself in the various forms of life on Earth and whatever exists in this universe. This is what living beings strive for and non-living things are made up of. It is only natural that mere mortals get engaged in worshipping 'Shakti' as they deem fit, and Maa Vaishno Devi at Trikut Parvat is one of the most prominent of the places where devotees of Divine Mother of all the energies of cosmos is revered and venerated.
The temple of Maa Vaishno Devi in Katra located in Jammu region of the northern most state of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) could be reached only after strenuous uphill trek covering 12 Km distance. Most of the devotees prefer the pedestrian way, on the road to 'darbar' or taking the stairs. People suffering from old age, physical ailments / handicap or any other issue can take 'palkies' carried by four men or on ponies / horses. During Navratri festival of 9 days held twice in the year - March-April and September-November as per the auspicious 'tithi' days, it gets most crowded but the devotion rings through all the more.
The cave which enshrines the three holy 'pindis' - stone representation of the three form of Energy - 'Guna'- Satva, Tama and Raja, which are Mata Mahasaraswati, Mata Mahakali and Mata Mahalakshmi respectively. Although the source rock of pindis is one, they all differ in color and texture, said to be denoting the color of the goddesses they represent - slightly white for Mother Saraswati to the extreme left; to the right is black of Mother Kali, and in the middle is yellowish red of Mother Lakshmi.
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