- Sangar, District Reasi, Jammu and Kashmir 185201, India
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Shri Shiv Khori in Jammu & Kashmir is a famous Cave Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in India. Shivkhori is located between the hillocks in Ransoo village in Pouni block in Reasi district. The cave temple enshrines a 4 feet high Swayambhu Shiv Linga (naturally formed Shivling). An interesting feature of Shiv Khori is that the cave in the shape of Shiva’s Damaru. That is wide at the two ends and very congested in the middle. An image of Goddess Parvati can be seen on the left of Shiva Linga. Images of five headed Ganesha and Karthikeya can also be seen. A cow like formation, denoting Kamadenu, can be seen above the Shivlinga. Natural water dripping on the Shivling symbolizes the presence of holy Ganga river. Other Hindu gods images in Shiva Khori include Ramdarbar having images of Lord Ram, Lakhshman, Sita and Hanuman. The whole cave is abounds with a number of other natural images which have been described as images of 33 crores Hindu deities and their Vahanas. Goddess Mahakali and Saraswati images are in the second half chamber of the cave.
The annual Maha Shivratri is the most important festival celebrated at the temple in the month of Phalguna (February or March). During the festival a 3 day Shiv Khori Mela is organised by Shri Shiv Khori Srine Board, which attracts thousands of pilgrims from different parts of the Jammu & Kashmir. Jammu Kashmir Government organizes a fair cum exhibition during the festival.
Katra Vaishno Devi Temple, Baba Dhansar and Bhimgarh Fort are other tourist places located near Shivkhori.
How to reach
Ransoo is the base camp of Shivkhori pilgrimage. Buses and light motor vehicles go up to Ransoo. Devottees need to truck 3 km on foot to reach the shrine. Shivkhori is 43 Kms from Reasi, 80 Kms from Katra, 120 Kms from Udhampur, 140 Kms from Jammu and 300 Kms from Amritsar. Taxies and other light vehicles are available from Katra, Udhampur and Jammu. Transport services on regular basis are also available.
Jammu Tawi Railway Station is approximately 107 kms from Shri Shiv Khori. Railway also runs special Trains during summer and other holidays for the comfort of pilgrims.
The nearest domestic airport is Jammu airport. Jammu airport is well connected to all major locations in the country like Delhi, Srinagar, Chennai, Mumbai, Jaipur. The nearest international airport is Amritsar airport which is 300 kms from Shri Shiv Khori.
The walk from Ransoo to Shri Shiv Khori is on a steep mountainous track. Ponies are also available on rent to facilitate pilgrims on the mountainous track. Generally the walking takes about couple of hours to visit the Holy Cave and come back.