Shiv Khori

Shiv Khori or the cave of Lord Shiva is a holy shrine lying on a hillock, in Ransoo village, about 140 km from Jammu. A naturally formed four-foot-tall lingam is worshipped in the cave and is believed to be swayambhu or self-manifested. According to legend, the cave is dedicated to the unborn and invisible form of Lord Shiva. The route to the cave is a little challenging and requires a trekking of 3 km, through a route flanked by scenic mountains and lush landscape. Other natural rock formations in the cave are dedicated to Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha, Lord Kartikeya, Bull God Nandi and Sheshnag. As per a legend, around 33 crore deities are present in this cave. Another legend says that thousands of years ago, a demon called Bhashmasur spent a lot of time meditating deeply on Lord Shiva. In time, Bhashmasur is believed to have extracted a blessing from the lord that he be given the power to end the life of any one by keeping his hand on the person's head. It is said that Lord Shiva made this cave from his trishul (trident) in order to avoid demon Bhashmasur when he was chasing after him. He resided here for some time with Goddess Parvati and Nandi.

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