Offering to Goddess Vaishnodevi
The traditional offering to the goddess invariably comprises a coconut. However, for reasons of security, coconut offering is not allowed after a designated point.
At designated point pilgrims have to deposit their coconuts to the temple priests who then take responsibility for the rituals. The token is given to the Pilgrim to reclaim coconut Prasad after the divine glimpse of Goddess Vaishnodevi.
Outside the exit tunnel and just beyond the Amrit Kund lies behind the Prasad counter. The temple priest's hand over the blessings of the Mother Goddess in the form of Prasad pouches to the devotees. Each Prasad pouch comprises of the crystalline form of sugar (Mishri), a blessed coin and the image of the Holy Pindies is also placed in the pouch.
It is believed that the blessed coins and image of Holy Pindi that are given to the devotees have blessings and good luck from Goddess to her devotees.
Devotees keep these coins in their cash boxes and image in the temples or other prominent places in their homes or their establishments.
Prayer of Goddess Vaishnodevi
The prayer is offered twice a day: In the morning, before sunrise and in the evening, after sunset. It is performed by a Hindu priest inside the sanctum-Sanctorum and then again outside the cave.
Before the divine prayer, self-purification (atom pagan) is done. Then the Goddess is bathed in water, milk, pure oil, honey, and sugar. Thereafter, she is dressed in a saree, and ornaments. This takes place while the Divine Hymns (mantra) are being recited. The red colored mark is placed on the forehead of the deity and the sacrament is offered.
The Hindu priests (pujaris) perform the prayer of various Gods and Goddesses along with Goddess Vaishnodevi as it is believed, and that during the prayer all the Gods and Goddesses are pr