Pictures by Sandeep and Aashish
The dogras take pride living in the divine hills having rich culture, great food, holy shrines and temples-the city of Jammu has it all! For an ultimate trip to this place, you can’t delve into the real roots of Jammu without touching the salving bits of the beautiful city of such historical significance. Here are some temples that one can not miss during a visit to Jammu.
Perhaps the largest and the most famous temple in the city -‘Raghunath temple‘ is located in the heart of Jammu. The temple’s sacred foundation was laid by Maharja Gulab Singh in 1835. Dedicated to Lord Rama this temple has seven shrines and the interiors plated with gold is mesmerising sight to behold. The temple has the statues of all the major deities of Hindu pantheon. Right in the midst of the hustle bustle of one of the major Bazaars of jammu this temple will take you away from the crowd in solace and peace.
BAWE VALI MATA
The oldest fort constructed by Raja Bahulochan about 3000 years ago, serves as a Mahakali Temple now. Situated at the bank of river Tawi the fort allegedly tells every historical story of the royal kingdom of Jammu. It is surrounded by a beautiful terraced garden which is as grand as the tales of the city. Fountains, flowers, eateries – the garden too is one of the most loved spots of locals. A walk through this grandeur is not to something to be missed,even mistakenly!
Situated somewhere in the centre of the city this temple holds as much importance as others. The temple is situated on Shalimar road and was built in the 19th century. The temple is always engaged with the immense gathering of people on almost every occassion. Built by Maharaja Ranbir Singh-one of the ancestors of dogras-the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. With an awe-inspiring Lingam of about 7.5 feets and beautifully sculptured Nandi Bull offers you an ultimate time in peace and the view of the city from this temple is remarkable.
AAP SHAMBHU TEMPLE
Located in Roopnagar this temple marks the rich ancestral history of the state that represents the royal legacy. The history tells the story that once the area used to be all covered in forests and on the natural Shiva Lingam the cows and buffaloes used to shed milk. This temple will bind you in the aesthetic threads of its beauty.
One of the major tourist attractions of Jammu, this temple holds more than religious significance. The remarkable element of this temple is that it is not dedicated to any religious deity or Godly figure but a Dogra protagonist – Mahamaya who fought with valour and gave up her life for her motherland. Situated one the bank of tawi, one can easily see the Bahu Fort from this location. Visit here and discover the glorious roots of Jammu tracing back to the warrior history of the state.
Located on Panchbakhtar Mahadev Road in an area of more than 25 canals – this temple is one of the oldest Shiva temples and the Shiva Lingam is self manifested. Old mythical tails tell that Adi Shankaracharya visited this place and lived here. It even connects to the Amarnath Yatra. This pious place portrays the power of supreme entity over the mortal world.
PEER KHOH TEMPLE
Jewelled with the lingam of Lord Shiva this temple enshrines two natural caves and is one of the holy wonders of the state. One of the notable pilgrimage of the city this temple is visited by huge gatherings of people. The temple is surrounded with Igneous Rocks and Acacia forests marking its magnificence. The significance goes back to the times of Jamvant, the bear God and it is said that he meditated here and hence the temple is also known as the Jamvant Cave.
These places definitely justify the epithet ‘city of temples’ and absolutely carve the significance in all aspects-be it mere history or aesthetics. Encounter the serenity and shovel into peaceful escape entering these ethereal spheres of the city.