Introduction

 

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.

 

The management and control of SSKSB and endowment came to the SMVDSB Katra since 1991. However, due to legal dispute between SMVDSB & Rameshwar Giri, SMVDSB could not establish effective control over the affairs of Shri Shivkhori Shrine. The take over of SSKSB was necessitated considering the poor state of things and providing of facilities to the pilgrims.

Ever since the takeover, the Shrine Board is continuously striving hard to develop high-level infrastructure and facilities for the visiting pilgrims to make the yatra a memorable and satisfying period. Due to the efforts of Shrine Board, the number of devotees visiting the holy Shrine has increased tremendously.

 

Shri Shivkhori Shrine Board has created various types of facilities like water supply, sanitation, electric supply and public conveniences etc for the Pilgrims. It has also employed persons for sanitation and management of Shrine area. It is also coordinating the efforts of various departments for creating yatra facilities.