Om Namoh Shivai

Complete Tour Of Shiv Khodi

‘Shiva’ means ‘auspicious’ - is one of the Hindu god which makes the supreme Trinity,
comprising of Brahma, the creator, Vishnu, the Preserver and Shiva or Mahesh,
the Destroyer and Re-Producer of life. Lord Shiva is the destroyer of the world,
which is responsible for the change.

Natural caves of  Lord Shiva (shiv dham)
To go to Shiv khori 
from Katra,  facilities of taxi or bus are available.
Shiv khori is 60km from katra..

The Shiv Khori Shrine is situated amidst lush green mountains at 
3.5 Kms tracking distance from Ransoo, the base camp of Holy 
Shrine of Shiv Khori. Ransoo (Tehsil Reasi) is situated at a distance 
of 80 Kms from Katra (the base camp of Holy Shrine of 
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi) & 110 Kms from Jammu. 
Buses and light vehicles go upto Ransoo. 

Shiv khori is 3 to 4 km away from Ranso by foot
one can also rest in the way
The pilgrims coming to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi can easily 
club their tour with Shivkhori and can make his Darshan 
complete by paying obesceince to both Shiva and Shakti. 
The light Vehicle are available for Ransoo at Katra and Jammu 
on the rates duly approved by the Tourism Department o
f Jammu & Kashmir State. Another route to the
Shiv Khori Shrine is available from Jammu via Akhnoor-Bhambla . 
The village Ransoo is at a distance of 6 KMS from the Reasi-Rajouri
Road which branches off from the spot known as Kanda Morh.

There is no well-researched history about the Discovery of this Historic 
Shiva Cave and all history is based on various myths. 
According to the most important myth, the Shiv Khori cave is believed 
to be discovered by a Muslim Shepherd, who in search of his missing 
Goats and by chance reached inside the cave. 

After reaching there he was very much startled to see a number of 
Saints inside the cave, who were impressed by Lord Shivas divine power. 
The astonished shepherd also started Pooja there. 
Later on, after coming out from the cave, the shepherd disclosed this to a
number of other people despite of his promise to saints not to 
disclose about them or this cave. It is said that the shepherd after 
narrating it to other people had died. According to the myths 
it is believed that a number of Famous Saints have been closely associated 
with this cave, who had spent decades inside this cave 
for spiritual attainment and meditation.

Near Dhak Bangla there is origin place of Dhoodh Ganga.

Main entrance gate of shiv khori.
This gate is very different and weird because of its formation.
Here you will find many saints who help outsiders.

after 10 to 15 steps the cave becomes very tight and people
then have to move ahead by crawling.

after 10 to 15 steps the cave becomes very tight and people
then have to move ahead by crawling.

Famous cave shrine of "Shivkhori" situated in District Reasi of J&K 
state depicts the natural formation of shivlingum. It is one of the 
most venerated cave shrines of Lord Shiva in the region. 
The Holy cave is more than 150 mts long & houses 4 feet high 
Svayambhu Lingum, which constantly baths in a milky lime 
fluid dripping from the ceiling. The cave is full of natural impression 
& images of various Hindu Deities & full of divine feelings. 
That is why Shivkhori is known as "Home of Gods". The route from Jammu to 
Shiv Khori is full of beautiful & picturesque mountains, waterfalls & lakes.

though there is electricity in the caves but after
sometime it becomes very dark and tight.
People then move ahead with the help of a rope.

Lord Shiva is worshipped in many forms. He is conceived in his unborn 
and invisible form as lingum. The "Shiv-Lingum" symbolizes the 
power behind the creation.
It is believed that at the end of all creation, during the great deluge, 
all of the different aspects of God find a resting place in the Lingam.
Om Namoh Shivaya.

Shivling insight the cave.

What does Shiv ling means?
The word Ling in shiv ling has come from two words that is
Leen and Gati. Leen means dissolve and Gati means grow.
It means man should dissolve(Leen) in shiva 
then he should grow(Gati). (lee+ga)= ling.
Most people around the globe think that meaning 
of ling in concerned with gent's sex point but this is
totally wrong theory. These are my views. 
Rajesh Chopra

Here water leaks naturally from the top of cave 
exactly on top of shiv ling which is another 
example of miracle of lord shiva.

Inside the cave there are pictures of many Hindu Gods and
Goddesses which are embossed naturally. This is 
 another miracle.
There is a very beautiful temple of maa kali nearby.

Inside the cave there are pictures of many Hindu Gods and
Goddesses which are embossed naturally. This is 
 another miracle.

This cave is around 1 km long.
There are celebrations here on shiv ratari.

people have to come back through the same way they went in.

Rajesh Chopra

Other Details of Shiva

Shivratri Mela :
On the occasion of Meha Shivratri, a festivaql associated with Lord Shiva, A three day mela organised at Shiv Khori every year. During these days thousands of pilgrims from different parts of the state and outside visit this cave shrine to seek blessings of Lord Shiva. Maha Shivratri festival is usually held in the month of February or during first week of March every year.

In view of the increasing number of pilgrims during the Shivratri Mela, the Shiv Khori Shrine Board has taken up a number of steps to provide more and more facilities to the devotees. Some of projects undertaken are construction of Guest House at village Ransoo, Reception Centre and Pony shed, tile work of entire 3-km long track is nearing completion, plantation of ornamental and medicinal plants on track and development of parks etc. In addition to these other arrangements like electrification of the cave with modern techniques, provision of oxygen and electric generators, exhaust fans, construction of shelter sheds for yatris with toilet facilities near the cave site, 15 shelter sheds enroute Ransoo to cave shrine, railing from the base camp to cave, additional facility of 15,000 gallons drinking water reservoir, proper sanitation, provision of 25 KV capacity electric transformer, clock room, starting of permanent bus services from Katra, Udhampur and Jammu, Police post and Dispensary and a STD PCO are under active consideration of the Shiv Khori Shrine Development Board.

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