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Vindhyachal

It is a well-known pilgrim spot among Hindus which is situated at a distance of few miles from Mirzapur. According to Puranas the town is said to have been included within the circuit of the ancient city of Pamapapura. It is also said that the 150 temples that the town had were destroyed by Aurangzeb. Ganges River also passes through this city. Other tourist destination which is located in close proximity includes Kali Khoh which literally means ‘the cave of the Goddess Kali’ where one can find an idol of Goddess Kali. Kali Khoh is a mouth formed in the shape of a cave and it is from this cave that the place derives its name. One can also visit Vindham waterfall which is located at a distance of 90 km from Varanasi near Mirzapur.

Maa Vindhyavashani Devi :
Maa Vindhyavasini Devi Temple is located in Vindhyachal, 8km far from Mirzapur, and around 80km far from Allahabad (Prayag) on the banks of the holy River Ganges in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Its one of the most revered Shaktipeeths of the presiding deity, Maa Vindhyavasini Devi. The temple is visited by huge number of people daily. A very Large congregations are held during Navratras in Chaitra (April) and Ashwin (October) months.The tradition song (Kajali) competitions are held in the month of Jyestha (June). The temple is located just 2 km from the Kali Khoh, an ancient cave temple dedicated to Goddess Kali.

Maa Ashtabhuja Devi :
Ashtabhuja Temple, located on the northern most part of the hillock, is the third tangent of Vindhyachal Trikon Parikrama (circumambulation of the divine triangle). The place derived its name from the deity Ashtabhuja, (Goddess Mahasaraswati), one of the titles of Parvati. The entrance of the temple is low but the exit is high. The cave in which idol is installed is about 12 feet wide. Statue of Goddess has large eyes & white of eyes (sclera) is made up of silver.

The pilgrimage to this temple is undertaken after worshipping Vindhyavasini Temple at Vindhyachal. The pilgrims then proceed to the Allahabad road to the foot of the hills. There is a flight of steps leading to the temple (222 steps to the temple). Another motorable road passes through Kajali pond and goes to the temple.

It is believed that King Kans was afraid of Devaki's 8th son. The girl child was born instead place of son. When Kans wanted to kill her she slipped out of his hand and flew in to the sky. That girl became famous as Ashtabhuja Devi. The panoramic view of River Ganges & landscape around may be viewed from the top of the Ashtabhuja Devi temple.

Maa kalikhoh Devi :
Among three divine manifestoes (Maa Laxmi, Saraswati & Kali) of Adi Shakti, Mahakali is said to be settled in cavern of Kali Khoh. This is an ancient cave at the base of a hillock near Vindhyachal Township. Arriving at summit near Ashtabhuja pilgrims pass through the plateau, to the opposite side at a distance of about 3 km (by trekking route) where a staircase has also been built to reach up to Kali Khoh.

On being troubled by the demons persistently the Gods (Devtas) worshipped Goddess Parvati, on hearing their plight Goddess Parvati got angry and because of anger & rage her face turned black. Hence, she is also known as Maa Kali. She is also worshipped as Chandi, Chamunda & Kali.Behind the Kali Khoh Temple is the temple of Bhairo. The temple is very popular among tantriks (magicians) from all over the country.

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