Temples in JammuJammu's name and fame is far-fetched as it is known as the “City of Temples”. This city has been christened so due to the existence of the numerous temples and holy shrines that this place has. Also, the people of Jammu are very religious and God fearing. For them, preaching and praying to god is not just a daily ritual, but a part and parcel of life.
Famous Temples in JammuSome of the famous temples are the Raghunath Temple, Peer Kho Cave Temple, Shivkhouri Temple, Ranbireshwar Temple, Panchbakhtar temple, Mahamaya Temple, Bave Wali MataTemple and many others. Each of the temples is dedicated to Hindu Gods and Goddesses and attract a large number of pilgrims every year who throng these temples in numbers of thousands to offer their prayers and the pay their respect and homage to the deities.
Ranbireshwar Temple in JammuApart from the Peer Kho Cave Temple and the Shivkhouri Temple, the Ranbireshwar Temple is the other famous and renowned Shiva temple in Jammu. The Ranbireshwar Temple houses twelve Shiva lingams of crystal measuring 12" to 18" and galleries with thousands of saligrams fixed on stone slabs.
One of the central lingam measures seven and a half feet height (2.3 m) and some of the other Shiva lingams of crystal measuring from 15 cm to 38 cm. Ranbireshwar Temple is a legend in its own rights and has many devotees visiting this place every day and on certain days like a Monday, the crowds turn up in huge numbers. This famous temple of Lord Shiva was built by Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1883 AD and is located opposite Jammu & Kashmr Civil Secretariat, on Shalimar Road in Jammu.
Panchbakhtar Temple in JammuPanchvaktar, whose literal meaning is five faces is a Mahadev Mandir or temple and it occupies an exclusive place, in the city of temples, Jammu. It houses one of the oldest stone statute of Lord Shiva or Shivalaya in the city. As per the ancient history and evidence, it is opined that Adi Shankryacharya had stayed there once after his visit to this place. However, there are some contradicting tales which state that it was discovered at a much later time, during the reign of Raja Mal Dev, which would have around the early fourteenth century. The Lingam in this temple is self manifested (Aap Shambu).
In the past, this temple was also connected with Shri Amarnath Yatra and it was a halting camp or Padayo in local language, for saints and sadhus visiting the Holy Cave of Shri Amarnathji. The temple is situated at the Panch vaktar Road, in Jammu and is revered by many due to its ancient history and religious importance.
This temple is one of the major and prime temple of the city of Jammu and was constructed by Maharaja Gulab Singh and the later on developed and completed by Maharaja Ranbir Singh. Deidicated to Lord Rama, this temple is a architectural delight and the people of Jammu have great reverence for this temple. The market in the vicinity of this temple is known as the Raghunath Bazaar and is also one of the famous market areas of Jammu.
Peer Kho Cave Temple
One of the oldest temples of the city of Jammu is this famous cave temple of the "Gufa Mandir". Didicated to Lord Shiva, this place witnesses a huge turnover of people and devotees during the occasion of Shivaratri. The black stone lingam of Shiva is revered by all devotees.
Bavey Wali Mata Temple
This temple is at a distance of 5 kilometres from Jammu and is situated on the left of the river Tawi and is placed on a rock face. This temple is situated inside the Bahu Fort and is one of the oldest temples, which is dedicated to Goddess Kali. On Tuesdays and Sundays there is a huge inflow of pilgrims and devotees to this temple, who gather there with loads of faith to seek the blessings of the Goddess.
This is another temple which is held in very high regards by the locals. This temple is located on the bypass road, at the rear side of Bahu Fort. A richer view is obtained as the city forest surrounds the ancient Mahamaya temple, which also provides a view of the river Tawi. It also shelters a small garden enclosed by acres of woods that provides a superb view of the city.
Mahamaya Temple in Jammu
Other temples of prime importance in Jammu are the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Panj Mandir in Gandhi Nagar and Duda Dhari Temple. Each of these temples, provide a great sense of peace and tranquility when they are visited. There is also a rich religious story attached to each one of these temples. Therefore, by visiting them, not only will your religious aspirations be met, but also, your knowledge will be enhanced in terms of the great cultural heritage that these sites have in store for you.