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Ardhkuwari Gufa

Ardhkuwari Gufa

What is the story of Ardhkuwari?

Sridhar Pandit was a staunch devotee of Vaishno Devi. Maa told him to organize a bhandara in his village. He did not have enough money. So Vaishno Devi appeared in the form of a girl and manifested sufficient food. In the meantime, Bhairavanath, who discovered Devi’s cave and saw her first, had become obsessed with her. He was chasing her with a request to marry him. He identified Devi at Sridhar’s place. When she went back to her cave, he also went behind her. She hid herself in a cave on the way for nine months to get away from Bhairavnath. When he finally located her, she broke open and escaped from the other end of the cave. This cave is called Ardhkuwari Gufa.


Why is it called Ardhkuwari?

The term Ardhkuwari is derived from Adi Kuwari. Maa Vaishno Devi had taken a vow of celibacy. She is Adi Shakti. That is why she is called Adi Kuwari.


Where is Ardhkuwari Gufa?

Ardhkuwari Gufa is between Katra and Vaishno Devi temple. It is at a distance of 7 km from Katra.


Why is Ardhkuwari Gufa called Garbhjoon?

Maa Vaishno Devi hid from Bhairavnath in Ardhkuwari Gufa for nine months. He wanted to marry her. Since the cave protected her like a mother’s womb for nine months, it is called Garbhjoon. It is also shaped like a womb.


How long is Ardhkuwari Gufa?

Ardhkuwari Gufa is 52 ft. long.


Important information about Ardhkuwari Gufa

  • Sometimes it could take a few hours to enter the cave after getting the entry ticket. You may plan accordingly. You can get the ticket, visit other places and then come back.
  • Facilities at Ardhkuwari Gufa - bunk bed, washroom, cloakroom, water, food.
  • From Ardhkuwari Gufa, there are two ways to go to Bhawan - 1.via Himkoti which is the easier route. 2, via Hathi Matha which is a steep climb.


What people say about Ardhkuwari Gufa

  • This is really a must-visit place.
  • I have been coming here since the 2000s and seen this place changed into a nice temple and having all sorts of facilities. The Shrine board has done a really wonderful job.
  • Best spiritual place in this world.




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