A poor priest Pandit Shirdhar lived approximately seven centuries ago. He was a devout follower of the Maa Vaishnodevi and made it the point to continue with daily pujas and prayers for her pleasure for that he also sang regularly. Another regular practice of him was unfailing worshipping to the little girls or the Kanya Pujan practice he did. This childless priest would love children as he was not bestowed with that pleasure to have children. His practice of worshipping Maa Vaishno Devi on daily basis was nonstop for several years. His nonstop devotion appealed to Maa Vaishno Devi who took the shape of a little innocent girl and appeared before him one day to check his devotion.
As he used to do ever, Pandit Shridhar was well engaged in the daily Kanya Pujan and by the time a few little girls had already gathered. Appearance of Maa Vaishno Devi in the form of a little girl amongst them all couldn’t be easily recognizable once she mingled with the rest. He would follow the Hindu tradition and washed the feet of all little girls by his own in the course of worshipping. This farsighted priest easily differentiated between the feet of Maa Vaishno and others in a single sight itself. What captivated him was the heavenly beauty of the little girl’s feet having vermilion attire made him understand the divineness. Another notable factor was his observation about that girl who didn’t belong to his village. He continued worshipping little girls like he did previously. Once his worship completed all girls went back to their homes upon being presented offerings by this priest but the one in the manifestation of Maa Vaishno Devi didn’t move from there.
He was in catch22situation and couldn’t think what to do and how to move ahead for a new step like enquiring anything from Maa Vaishno Devi while she herself expressed something to him in the words "An important task is awaiting for you from me.” He was literally surprised and prepared himself with curiosity to let the “little girl” command her that seemed totally devotional. The first instruction for him from Maa Vaishno Devi was that he must collect the masses from nearby localities and villages and ask them to join the Bhandhara or collective lunch for them all. He was too much confused and failed to take any decision and by the time he could ask her anything Maa Vaishno Devi had already disappeared.
Thinking process of Pt. Shirdhar increased further with his key focus on the “little girl” and her unusual command besides her existence. He failed to come at conclusion although he understood that there was no doubt in it that she was eternal. By then he assumed that perhaps she was Maa Vaishno Devi who had visited in the form of a little girl. His increased thinking level about the girl reminded him of her command for the Bhandhara that was huge and he couldn’t make it possible due to lack of funds for it. At last he thought not to worry much and assumed the command a divine order to follow for that he started preparation. By the time he approached neighboring villagers for that special purpose.
Next step he took was inviting people from his and nearby villages as was he being instructed. While doing so he met some saints on the way. Upon seeing them all he respectfully bowed down and invited to join the Bhandhara next day he would arrange. He did it with respectful gesture. Group leader of the saints present, Gorakhnath guided him that perhaps invitation to them was a mistake as they are called to join at home because unfortunately Lord Indra too had failed to keep them satisfied. Panditji got worried literally after listening arguments from them but gathered courage to explain them the whole story about the divine girl with whom he encountered. Finally Gorakhnath accepted his invitation but his anxiety didn’t wane. His curiosity was about a girl who had claimed to prepare food for so many people and most importantly his interest was to know her charismatic personality.
By the time Panditji returned back to home after inviting people in surrounding villages for Bhandhara he was already too much exhausted so slept instantly after returning. His worries to make arrangements continued the next morning as well. People had started gathering outside his tiny hut while he was busy in deep thought how to make the arrangements. Saint Gorakhnath alongside his disciple Bhairavnath too came to attend as they were invited.
The hallucination of Panditji hadn’t lessened as he was not in the position to take any decision what to do. Surprisingly though he saw the same little divine girl— Maa Vaishno Devi —arrived inside the hut that was rarely seen by anybody as to from what direction she had entered inside. She dictated sermon to him once again about not worrying any