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.
Ever since the takeover, the Shiv Khori 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 Shiv Khori Shrine Board, the number of devotees visiting the Holy Shiv Khori Shrine has increased tremendously.
The Holy Shiv Khori Shrine, purely dedicated to the Lord Shiva, is situated on a hillock in Ransoo village of Tehsil Reasi of the Udhampur District in Jammu region of the Jammu & Kashmir state. Buses and light vehicles go upto village Ransoo, surrounded by lush green mountains. Shiv Khori Yatra Pilgrims have to traverse about 3 kms track from Ransoo by foot which is being constructed by the Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Development Board. The Road Distance of Village Ransoo from major cities of Jammu is given as under:
Distance : It is about 140 Kms from Jammu and if you are planning to visit from Katra its only 84 Km which is like 4 hours of drive.
How to reach : Shiva Khroi is well connected by roads from Jammu and National Highway also can be taken when you travel. The road to Shiv Khori is still under development after which the duration should cut to 2 hrs.
Mythological History: Shiva Khori was basically the Lord Shiva’s Hideout. He granted a wish to one of the demon King Bhasmasura, that whatever he touches will turn into ashes. The demon king happy with the wish started killing all gods one after the other.
Afraid of his deeds, one of gods provoked him to kill Lord Shiva himself and when Lord Siva came to knew about it ran from him and took a hide in these mountains.
How Shiva Khori was found ?
Shiva Khori was accidently found by Shepard when they came around for looking their lost sheep and they discovered this cave.
Once you reach Siva Khori, You will have to hire a horseman and a Pandit or guide who can tell you about the cave in detail. There are lot of information that you will miss out if you dont have the guide with you. It will take you around 40 minutes to each the cave of which you will have to walk around 179 staircases which would be little difficult but worth it. There is even an official Shrine Board of ShivKhori which takes care of maintains the road and temple and has an official collection of pictures of inside the cave
Getting inside the cave is itself a thrill, Like Vaishno Devi, it has a narrow entrance but if you have enough courage and faith passing through it is not a problem. You might feel little uneasy but stay strong. Once inside you will find the stairs to get straight up to Lord Shiva, Natural formation of shivlingum.