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Reaching Bhavan : A pilgrim can get the fIrst glimpse of Bhavan around 1.5 kilometers before actually reaching there by any of the tracks. It brings a sudden upsurge of energy and all the tiredness of the strenuous climb evaporate the moment pilgrims get this first glimpse. The feeling of having almost reached there fills them with extra fervor and devotion. Upon reaching Bhavan, a pilgrim~ has to get his Group Number of Darshans after completing the security check. This group number is allotted at the Yatra Slip Counter located on the left hand side, immediately after the luggage Check Post. Other than the free rest rooms, rented dormitory and self-contained carpeted rooms are available here for accommodation which requires a prior registration at Enquiry and Reservation Counter, Katra. One may still try out if any accommodation is available at Manokamna Bhavan, Gauri Bhavan and Vaishnavi Bhavan. While Manokamna Bhavan has dormitory accommodation and hence the possibility of getting a few beds is higher, Gauri Bhavan and Vaishnavi Bhavan are located slightly farther from the main Bhavan area and hence on an average day, one can still get accommodation on the spot. Types of accommodation include dormitory and self-contained 2 & 4 bedded rooms. Free blankets, cloak rooms, drinking water, medical facilities, general store, Bhojanalaya, announcement, telephone, refreshments, etc. facilities are available at Bhavan.

While waiting for Darshans : During ordinary days a pilgrim can enter Gate No.1 and upon crossing the required distance can reach the Sanctum sanctorum in no time. But on days of heavy rush, one may have to wait inside the railing or the waiting room for some time before the queue ahead gets cleared. The Shrine Board has installed colored television sets all along the corridors, which relays a direct telecast of the Holy Pindies. similar television sets are also installed in  various waiting rooms at Bhavan which show religious and mythological serials and programs. Provision of urinals and drinking water has also been made in the waiting corridors.

Procedure of Darshan : Pilgrims prefer to take a bath at the Bathing Ghat, with the water that flows from the feet of Mata. The revelation inside the Holy Cave is in the form of a natural rock form. The topmost portion of this rock form has three heads, which are known as Pindies. The  rock on which the Pindies exist is half immersed in water. Although only" the topmost part of this rock is visible for Darshans because of the marble platform, the water that flows touching this Holy Rock form, gushes out of the Holy Cave and is channeled through pipes at the Bathing Ghat. Though very cold on any ordinary day, one doesn't feel its chilling effects.

Pilgrims are required to deposit all their belonging in the free cloakrooms, if no accommodation is booked at Bhavan, as nothing except cash and offerings are allowed inside the Holy Cave. All articles of general use like belts, wrist watches with leather belts, combs, pen, pencil, purses, handbags, etc. are prohibited. No sweets are allowed either.

After taking a bath at the Bathing Ghat or elsewhere, pilgrims can reach Gate No.1 where upon announcement (and/or display on the display board) of the group number, they are allowed inside the railing which leads them to one of the greatest moment of their lives, a Darshan of the Divine Mother inside the Holy Cave in the natural rock form i.e. the Holy Pindies.

The Original Cave and the New Tunnel : While on the way to the Sanctum Sanctorum, one crosses a small patio type of structure where on the right hand side is a cave opening. This is the original cave leading to the Holy Pindies, which is kept closed now for a fair part of the year. Because of being narrow, it takes several minutes for a person to cross it and reach the Sanctum Sanctorum and considering the rush that the Holy Shrine witnesses normally, it is not possible to keep it open except when the Yatra is less than 8000 pilgrims per day. Hence two new tunnels have been constructed to facilitate more number of pilgrims to have the Darshans. One tunnel is used for the entrance, which leads directly to the Sanctum Sanctorum. The other tunnel is used for exit.

Only during winters and lean Yatra periods when the number of pilgrims visiting the Holy Shrine is at their minimum, is the original cave opened for Darshans. Passing through this cave is a .different experience altogether.

Darshans : When one crosses the portion where the original Cave is located, one walks further through a corridor on which numerous bells suspend from the ceiling. After walking a few yards, one reaches a broad platform where few statues of Lions, mount of the Mother Goddess and Her life size statue are kept. From here starts the new tunnel.

Upon entering the tunnel, one should observe silence and carefully move in the queue concentrating towards the left hand side where at the end of the tunnel is a raised marble platform on which the Divine Mother has revealed Herself in a natural rock form known as the Holy Pindies. Pilgrims should refrain from shouting slogans of praises inside the tunnel and around Sanctum Sanctorum as it disturbs other pilgrims who may be interested in concentrating on Darshans and the description given by the priests.

The complete rock structure is covered under a white marble platform and only the topmost portion is visible for Darshans. These are three Pindies, denoting the three Supreme Energies of Creation, Maintenance and Dissolution. Towards the left of the viewer is the Holy Pindi of Mata Maha Saraswati, the Supreme Energy of Creation. It has a visible white tinge over it, the color associated with Mata Maha Saraswati. In the middle is the Holy Pindi of Mata Maha Lakshmi, the Supreme Energy of Maintenance, with a distinct yellow-reddish tinge, the color associated with Mata Maha Lakshmi and towards extreme right is the Pindi of Mata Maha Kali, the Supreme Energy of Dissolution, black in color, the color associated with Mata Maha Kali.

The image of the main Darshans inside the Holy Cave has also been reproduced on the inside of the cover page. The priest sitting on the Platform, informs the pilgrim about these Pindies, however since the time of Darshans is very less, one only gets a glimpse of the Holy Pindies and has to move further, in order to keep the queue moving.

Other Darshans inside the Holy Cave : The Holy Cave is around 98 feet long. There/are various other II symbolic Darshans, outside and inside the Holy Cave and around the Holy Pindies. It is believed that the Darshans of 33 crore (330 million) Gods and Goddesses are present in the Holy Cave and that at some given point of time, each of them have worshipped the Mother Goddess in this cave and have left their symbolic marks inside. It is also believed that during Poojan and Aarti in the morning and evening, all these Gods and Goddesses arrive at the Holy Cave to pay their obeisance to the Mother.

At the entry of the Holy Cave, towards the left hand side, is the symbol of Vakra Tund Ganesh. Adjacent to the symbol of Lord Ganesh are the symbols of Surra and Chandra Dev. When one enters the Holy Cave, one crosses over the Dadh (torso) of Bhairon Nath, which is around 14 feet long. Due to the impact of the mighty blow of the Divine Mother, while the head of Bhairon Nath fell atop an adjacent mountain a couple of kilometers away from the Holy Cave, his body lay lifeless at the entrance of the Holy Cave.

After the Dadh of the Bhairon is the symbol of Lord Hanurnan known as Launkra Beer. Then comes Charan Ganga, flowing from the feet of Mata and pilgrims have to wade through water beyond this point. Around 23 feet beyond Launkra Beer, on the left upper hand side, the roof of the cave flares out and the entire weight of this cave appears to rest on the innumerable heads of Shesh Nag. Immediately below Shesh Nag is the Havan Kund of Mata and adjacent to it are the symbols of Shankh, Chakra, Gada and Padam.

Above, almost touching the ceiling of the cave are the symbols of five Pandavs, Sapt Rishis, Than (breast) of the divine' cow Kamdhenu, symbols of Brahma-Vishnu-Mahesh and Shiv-Parvati. 3 feet further ahead, on an elevation can be seen the Khamba that was gripped by the legendary worshipper Prahlad. Diagonally below this, at the water level is the Yantra with innumerable mystical signs and symbols inscribed on it. 22 feet beyond this point is located the Sher Ka Panja, symbolizing the lion which is the mount of the Mata Vaishno Devi Ii. The distance from the entry point to the Sher Ka Panja is 59 feet. 13 feet beyond this, redone in pure gold in which more than 52 kilograms of gold and many diamonds and precious stones were used. The platform around the Holy Pindies and the patio type structure just outside the Holy Cave,  popularly known as Atka were also renovated with white marble. The work was completed on 31st January, 2001 and after Poojan and Havan, the items of the ornamentation were presented at the lotus feet of the Divine Mother.

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