The Legend Of Gaurikund


Gauri Kund is a natural spring, which has background of Hindu mythology. It is located near Sudh Mahadev (3 km), Mantalai and Patnitop in Jammu.

According to legend, Goddess Parvati used to take bath in this spring just before she performed worship to Lord Shiva in Sudh Mahadev. To reach Gauri Kund,

one has to trek around 1.5 km on a hilly route. Above the kund, there is a cave temple with the idols of Shiv and Parvati. A naturally formed shape of Ganesh on a rock piece is also found inside the cave. It is believed also that Parvati used to meditate in this cave.

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A large number of pilgrims throng Gaurikund annually during the 3 day festival. A special fair is also held in the month of June each year during which devotees worship Lord Shiva and Parvati in the form of Uma and Shankar. Pilgrims bathe in the Dewaki Nadi or Dewaki River before performing ‘Pooja’ in this temple. After paying homage to Shiva and Parvati here, the devotees head towards Gaukaran and Papnashi Vavli, which are other attractions in Patnitop.

The temple is perched at a steep height and is about 5 kms away from Sudh Mahadeva. Besides being an important pilgrimage site, Sudh Mahadev is a charming natural site. It lies on the banks of the Dewak River, which is considered as sacred as the Ganges. Thus many who visit Gourikund also pay homage at Sudh Mahadev Temple as well.


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