Shiv Khori

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. 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. 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.

History

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.