Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Shri Hudh Mata Trisandhaya

The Northern most region of India, mostly covered by Himalayas, in which our State also falls, is known as the abode of many Gods -Goddess, Devi- Devatas, Reshis-Munis and Peers-Faqirs, and more particularly of Shiv-Parvati (Shiv Shakti). Wherever they stayed, lived and worshiped have become the Shrines a source of Spiritual powers, the ray of hope for the sufferers of the present age. In fact, India as a whole, is a land of Shrines belonging to different faiths which protect the places and the devotees and fulfill their unaccomplished desires and needs. God has kept His Symbolics everywhere to ameliorate the sufferings of the humanity through the spiritual powers these symbolics possess.

The newly created District Kishtwar, like other Districts, is also known as the land of Shrines and pilgrimages of different faiths, the most renowned are Sarthal Devi Shrine of Kali Mata, Chandi Mata Shrine in Machail Padder and Shrines of Shah -I - Asrar Sahib in proper Kishtwar and so many.

There is also a famous Holy Shrine, known as SHRI HUDH MAT ATRISINDYA MATA, located at a height of about 12000fts from the sea level near the famous BRAHAMA PEAK, said to be the abode of Lord Brahma in Nanth Nallah village of Dachhan, which is unknown to the devotees and the world. No mountaineer has so far dared to scale this Peak. One side of this Peak is always covered with snow and clouds.

About two-three kms away from the Holy Shrine, there flows TRISINDHY A stream (NADI) miraculously thrice a day from the top of a hill and stops naturally; which means that it is not a regular flowing Stream (Nadi) like other Streams (Nadi-Nallahs) and mostly remains dry. The volume of the water is so much that a water mill can easily function. There is neither any lake nor any pond on the top of the hill where from the water flows. "TRISANDHYA" means three times of worship as per Hindu Mythology i.e early morning, noon and evening prayers. "HUDH", by the passage of time, is the distorted form of "HUTT", a Hindi word, which means to offer in the shape of AHUTI (Offerings): To offer completely: Essential material for Havan: to Sacrifice oneself for Good cause. Since Mata Parvita Sacrificed her self for good cause i.e for the Honour and respect of Lord Shiva, her Husband and for herself also by jumping in the Havan Kund so she is called as Hudh Mata-Sati Mata

The astonishing fact is that water recedes flowing from the bottom of the Stream for two-three hours. After sometime it starts decreasing. After two-three hours even a single drop of water is not seen and those who are unlucky not to see it do not get such chance. At some occasions the water does not flow at all as per its routine.

In that case the pilgrims believe that TRISINDHY A MAT A is not pleased to give Darshan to them and they return sadly and disappointed without having a bath and those who get chance of bathing believe that their Yatra has been accomplished/accepted. It is a miraculous Darshan perhaps very very rare in the State or in the country. The Author had the opportunity of visiting the Shrine twice, Firstly in 1987 and Secondly in 2004.

In 1987, TRINSANDHAYA MATA was pleased to give Darshan as it flowed at its usual time and had a bath in the pious water. But in the year 2004, despite waiting for two days he had to return disappointed and empty handed without having any darshan of the flowing Nadhi and a pious bath as the TRISANDHAY A Nadhi did not flow as usual. However, he had the darshan of a live snake which is always seen near the Shrine or in the temple during yatra days. Pears of pigeons are also seen near the cave with whose darshans the devotees feel delighted.

Due to lack of Motorable road connectivity from Patrimhalla to Dachhan, the Shrine has remained unknown to the rest of the State/Country and the World. and does not find place in the Religious Tourist Map of the Country. The local administration has not done any positive thing for the exploration and publicity of this shrine. If the devotees come to know about this miraculous Shrine, they will certainly prefer to see this Shrine and perform this Yatra and have a dip in the pious waters of TRlSINDHYA NADI. The abundant tourist potentiality of the area has remained unnoticed and un exploited so far.

Pilgrims have to travel about 50/60 kms on foot to perform the Yatra. If Patimhalla Dacchan Motorable road is constructed, it can reduce the journey by 50% and the devotees shall have to travel only 25/30 kms on foot. We hope that there will be great rush of pilgrims to this Shrine also which can be a boon for the Tourist Industry of the State and this can bring the Shrine on the Religious Tourist Map of the Country. It can change the socio-economic condition not only of the inhabitants of the area but of the State as a whole.

Ladakh is also an abode of Shiv Parivar i.e. Lord Shiva, Mata Parvati and Lord Ganesha.

Amid the picturesque snow peaked mountains, water falls, pastures, lush green flora and fauna of the surroundings, there is a small cave where three naturally formed Shivlingams exist like that of Shiv Khori Shrine in Reasi district.

Milky-lime water is dripping on them from the sealing of the cave through naturally formed nipples of udders. There used to be a very small pond, kund inside the cave and with the help of torch light images of different Devi - Devtas could be seen. Mostly the images of Shiv Parivar were seen, some times jointly and some time separately. The amazing thing was that if one devotee saw the image of Lord Shiva, other could not see the same. He could see the image of Mata Parvati or Lord Ganesh or any other Devi, Devta. Unfortunately that pond was broken by some one and does not exist now.

Such images can now be seen in another Pond (water bouli) on the top of the cave where Mata Bhawan is constructed.

These images cannot be caught in camera nor can these be videographed, but the pilgrims who pay obeisance in the shrine have these darshans and later on they tell that they have had the Darshan of such and such Devi, Devta which means that they have seen the images of different Devi, Devtas in the pious water of bouli. Besides, one can see pairs of pigeons mostly seen in natural Shiv shrines and a live snake is found near the cave and the devotees feel lucky and delighted after having their glimpses.

At a short distance from this holy shrine, there flows Trisandhya Nadi (stream) miraculously thrice a day from the top of a hill, and it also cease to exist naturally. The water is luke warm. It is not a regular flowing stream like other streams and mostly remains dry. The volume of the water is so much that it can run a mill. There is neither any lake nor any pond on the top of the hill where from the water could spill. As per Hindu mythology Trisandhya means three times of worship i.e. early morning, noon and evening prayers. Another astonishing fact is that water starts decreasing from the bottom of the stream towards upperside which should have been otherwise as a normal course. One can see the water coming from the upper side but receding from the bottom. After 1 or 2 hours flow not a single drop of water is seen in the stream. This is really a amazing glimpses, perhaps seen no where else. To have a bath in this miraculous stream is considered lucky and auspicious because some times it does not flow as per its routine and the devotees return disappointed and without having a pious bath.

As per a local myth, it is believed that after yogic self immolation of Mata Parvati in the Yagya of his father, Daksh Prajapati, Lord Shiva, on coming to know about this mis-happening reached the Yagya sathal and destroyed it and beheaded his father-in-law Daksh Prajapati. He took her dead body on his shoulders and wandered in the universe. At last He reached this place with some portion of the dead body which by then had been cut into 52 pieces by Lord Vishnu with his Sudershan Chakra. On reaching this place, He disappeared alongwith the dead body in this holy place.

Due to lack of motorable road connectivity from Patimhalla to Dachhan, the shrine has remained unknown to the rest of the State and the world. And does not find place in the religious tourist map of the State, country.

To pay obeisance to the deity and get the blessings of the Goddess, a yearly yatra namely Shri Hudh Mata (Trisindhya) Yatra is being arranged since early eighties. However due to lack of proper publicity, the Yatra has remained restricted to Kishtwar district only. But now, many pilgrims from outside the district and even State have started visiting the shrine during yatra days.

This year the Yatra shall start from Gouri Shankar Mandir Kishtwar on 14 July. Pious Charri shall be taken from Shri Radha Krishan Mandir village Sounder (Dachhan) on 15 July with haltages at Virat Mata Mandir Dilgoot (Panjdhara) Googath and will reach the Bhawan on 18 July. On the said day pilgrims shall have a bath in the pious water of Trisindhya stream. After performing Havan and offering Puran Ahuti on 18.07.2010 the Yatris shall return their homes at about 12 noon.

Pilgrims have to travel about 50/60 kms on foot to perform the Yatra. If Patimhalla - Dachhan motorable road is constructed, it can reduce the journey by 50 percent and the devotees shall have to travel only 25 - 30 kms on foot.
How to reach the shrine.

If any devotees, wants to perform this yatra, he should reach Gouri Shanker Mandir, Kishtwar on 3rd Thithi of Ashard Shukla Paksh. On 4th Thithi, yatris from Kishtwar and outside the District proceed towards Sounder village, the base camp of the Yatra, where from Chari Mubarak is taken on 5th Thithi. It reaches the holy shrine on 7th Thithi.

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