The Legends of Laxmi Narayan Temple Badherwah, Jammu

Jammu & Kashmir saw a Hindu Rajput Dynasty on the throne since the middle of the 19th century. The dogra Dynasty ruled Kashmir till princely state ceased to exist after the Independence of India. It was during the reign of last Dogra ruler, Maharaja Hari Singh that the Lakshmi Narayan temple was built.

 The Lakshmi Narayan temple is one of the famous temples of Bhadarwah. This temple was built by a resident of Sarolbagh and Prime Minister of Maharaja Hari Singh Wazir Sobha Ram.

This temple was built about a century back. There is a big inn by the side of this splendid temple. It was built for the travellers.

In this temple very beautiful statues of Lord Vishnu & Goddess Laxmi made of white marble were installed.

There are many statues of different gods and goddess kept in small almirahs on the outer walls of the temple and a small path round the temple for the devotees who come to pay obeisance to Lord Vishnu & Goddess Laxmi.

This all adds the beauty of the temple. There is a big entrance gate, which is very high & wide. This grand gate also adds to the beauty of the temple. It is said that about one lakh rupees were spent in the construction of this complex in those days when the wage of a labourer was about some paisa.

It is not out of place to mention here that the currency in those days was in silver coins.

After the construction of temple and inns when the auspicious time of installation of statues came then Wazir Sobha Ram Ji arranged a grand function of “Yagna” havan and Bhandhara.

All the learned Brahmins of the area were invited to take part in this auspicious function. Before the start of “Yagna” Wazir Ji came to welcome the learned Pandits and found that Sangan Brahimins of village Chinote were not present there.

He inquired from the managing committee the reason of absence of Sangan Brahimins. The managing committee narrated the story of boycott.

Wazir Ji said that in the absence of Sangans Brahmins our “Yagna” would be incomplete. Therefore the boycott of these people will have to be done away with.

Resolving so he sent a team of dependable senior citizens to visit Chinote to request them to participate in the “ Yagna” .

On the request of Wazir Ji when all the Sangans came to participate. WazirJi welcomed them from the core of his heart and promised that he himself would go to the Vasuki Nag Ji temple and apologise for the crime of ending the boycott.

On the assurance of Wazir Ji Sangans participated in the “Yagna” and ate the food of “Bhandhara”. In this way centuries old enmity and boycott came to an end.

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