The Jammu city abounds in a large number of shrines which testify to the deep devotional spirit of the people. An increasing stream of pilgrims from all over the country and even abroad visits these shrines every year. While Jammu is famous as the City of Temples on account of numerous temples – old and new – which dot the landscape, the city however also has a fair number of shrines of other faiths. The shrines of Jammu City make it a glowing example of secularism and inter-religious harmony.
Shri Raghunathji Temple:
Raghunath Mandir is perhaps the most famous of the Jammu temples. It is the largest temple complex in Northern India. Situated in the heart of the city in the Raghunath Bazaar, the temple was built in 1857 by Maharaja Ranbir Singh. The main temple has the idols of Lord Rama, Mata Sita and Shri Lakshmanji placed on a raised platform. The inner walls of the main temple are covered with gold sheets on three sides. There are many galleries with lakhs of saligrams. The numerous other temples in the complex are dedicated to various Gods and Goddesses of the Hindu Pantheon. The temple also houses a Sanskrit library containing rare Sanskrit manuscripts.
Sri Ranbireshwar Temple:
The temple is named after its founder Maharaja Ranbir Singh. The construction of the temple was started in 1863 A.D. and was completed in 1878 A.D. It is the biggest Shiva Temple in North India. The temple houses a huge sphatic Shivling measuring seven and a half feet in height surrounded by ten 2-feet high billaur (crystals) lingas and galleries with 1,25,000 tiny Shivling brought here from the river Narmada. The Temple is located on the Shalimar road about a kilometer from the Raghunath Bazaar.
The temple was constructed by Raja Guje Singh of Jammu (1687-1703) and is considered one of the oldest in Jammu. It is linked to the visit of Shankaracharya in the ninth century A.D. The temple, constructed much later, is considered sacred because of the self-originated Shivling (Svayambhuva Shivalinga). One of the most revered Shiva Shrines in the city, the Lord is worshipped here in the Swachananda form having five faces representing the totality of Shiva in his most abstract form. Hence it is known as Panchvaktar. The temple is also popular known as ‘Rupay wala Mandir’ as coins have been embedded in the floor slabs. It seems that there were also inscriptions in Dogri script on the exterior of the surrounding walls. The temple is saturated in a lane off the Residency Road barely a kilometer from the Raghunath Bazaar.
Peer Kho Temple:
During the reign of Raja Biram Dev of Jammu (1454-95) a famous mendicant Jogi Guru Garib Nath belonging to the Guru Gorakh Nath belonging to the Guru Gorakh Nath order came to Jammu and resided at Peer Kho. Khoh means cave in the local dialect. He came to be known as Peer-i-Kho and thus with the passage of time the cave got the name Peer Kho. The cave is also known as the Jamwant Guffa (cave) as the bear hero of Ramayana in believed to have meditated here. A Shivlinga is established inside the cave. Devotees throng the cave on Puranmashi, Amavasya and Ekadashi and during Shivratri. The temple is situated on the Circular Road, 2 kms from Raghunath Bazaar.
Rani Kalhuri Devi Temple:
The temple was constructed probably in 1889-90 A.D. by Rani Shuba Devi of Kalhur state, wife of Maharaja Ranbir Singh, and hence is known as Rani Kalhuri Devi Temple. The temple houses the idols of Lord Rama and Sita on one side and Shiva-Parvati idols on the other side. The temple is situated on the Circular Road about half a kilometer from the Peer Kho Temple.
Ram Talai Temple:
Situated on the Circular Road and in the vicinity of Rani Kalhuri Devi Temple, this temple houses the images of Lord Krishna and Radha. The temple has beautiful pond and garden in its surroundings.
Radha Krishna Rukmani Temple:
The temple houses the idols of Lord Krishna, Radha and Rukmani. The temple is situated on the Circular Road just half a km from the Ram Tali Temple, Jammu.
Raghunath Temple Dhakki Parmeshwari:
This temple was built by the Dogra family to which Maharaja Gulab Singh belonged, probably in 1820. Later on Maharaja Ranbir Singh (1857-1885 A.D.) also built temples in the vicinity of this shrine. The temple is dedicated to Raghunathji and located on the lower end of the Dhakki Parmeshwari near the bank of Tawi, east of the city.
The panjthirthi locality is situated towards the northern extremely of the Jammu City. This is the oldest part of the city and has a cluster of old temple which is over a hundred years old. Five temples in close proximity of each other are considered by the people of Jammu as equivalent to the Panch Tiraths and thus the name Panjthirthi.
the temple was constructed during the reign of Maharaja Gulab Singh and is located on the slope to River Tawi from Panjthirthi on the Circular Road. The temple is dedicated to Lord Balramji, the elder brother of Lord Krishna & is named so as Lord Krishna used to address his elder brother as ‘Dau’.
This temple is situated just opposite the Radio Station, Panjthirthi. It was constructed by Sardar Attar Singh during 1856-85 A.D. It is also known as Sardaran-Ka-Mandir. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmanji and Lord Shiva.
Radhey-Shyam Temple (Billo-Mandir):
This is one of the oldest temples of the city situated in Panjthirthi. The temple was constructed in 1839 A.D. by Bahi Charan Dass. The temple has beautiful idols of Radhaji and Lord Krishna. It is also known as Billo Temple after the name of the priest who took care of the temple for many years
Shri Satya Narayan Temple:
The temple is located on the second floor of the temple complex. It houses the idols of Shri Satya Narayanji and Mata Lakshmiji. A small adjoining temple has a magnificent idol of Garud Devji. The temple was built during the reign of Maharaja Partap Singhji. It is located near the Billo Temple.
Shri Banwari Dass Temple:
The temple is located at the entrance of Chaugan Salathia outside Mubarak Mandi. The unique feature of this old temple is that it has the statues of Lord Rama, Mata Sita, Lakshmanji and his wild Urmilla.
Shri Shivnabh Temple:
this temple was constructed during 18th century and locted inside the Mubarak Mandi complex. Devoted to Lord Shiva, the Shivling in the shrine appears to be emerging from the navel (Nabhi) of Lord Vishnu. The cupola over the Shivling is gilded completely with gold. The temple also houses two very old paintings depicting the city of Janakpuri from where Mata Sita hailed.
The temple is situated just outside the Mubarak Mandi complex. It houses two life-size statues of Shri Gaddadharji and Devi Lakshmi. The temple was built by the Dogra Rajas during 18th century.
Maha Lakshmi Temple:
the ancient Devi Maha Lakshmi Temple is situated at Pacca Danga. The temple was built by Maharaja Ranbir Singh and houses a beautiful marble idol of Maha Lakshmi. The temple witnesses great festivity on the eve of Diwali.
The temple is located in Kachchi Chawni in the Centre of Jammu City. It is dedicated to Mata Lakshmi and Bhagwan Narayanji. The temple was built by Diwan Jawala Sahai, the Prime Minister of both Maharajas – Gulab Singh and Ranbir Singh. The temple is a huge structure built in about 1860 A.D. It is popularly known as Diwan-i-da-Mandir. The temple is also embellished with frescos and wall paintings.
Bandrali Rani Temple:
the temple is located at Purani Mandi in the heart of Jammu City. It was built by Rani Bandrali Devi, wife of Maharaja Ranbir Singh, in 1890-91. The temple houses the images of Lord Rama and Mata Sita. The entrance door has the images of Mata Ganga and Jamuna. The temple complex has small temple of Lakshmi Narayanji and Mata Durga.
the temple complex is situated on the banks of River Tawi. The complex consists of many temples and gigantic images of the Hindu deities.
Bawey Wali Mata:
This is one of the most important Shakti shrines of Jammu region. The temple is situated inside the Bahu Fort and was built shortly after the coronation of Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1822. It is also known as the Mahakali Temple, the reigning deity of the City of Jammu. The shrine is considered second only to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine. An annual nine-day Navratra fair is held during the Navratras. On Tuesday and Sunday a large number of devotees pay their homage to Devi.
located on the ridge facing the Bahu Fort in the midst of the city forest on the bypass road is the Mahamaya Temple. The temple houses the manifestation of the Mata in the form of pindi. The temple provides a panoramic view of the magnificent city forests and the Jammu City. It is said to have been construed by Maharaja Ranbir Singh of Jammu (1857-1885).
Lakshmi Narayan Temple:
this is an old temple of Jammu located in Gandhinagar. The temple houses the idols of Mata Lakshmi and Bhagwan Narayanji.
Panch Mandri, Gandhinagar:
the temple is situated in Gandhinagar, Jammu. The temple complex has five temples and thus it is also known as Panch Mandir.
Doodha Dhari Temple:
The temple is situated in Shastri Nagar locality in Jammu City. The temple is namaed after the priest who lived here and it is believed that he survived only on milk. Hence the temple is named as Doodha Dhari Temple.
Ancient Shiv Temple, Sunjwan:
the temple is situated in Sunjwan Village near the bank of an ancient pond. The temple houses a Redstone Shivlingam. The temple complex has a chaturburji idol of Lord Ganesha. The temple was built in 1861 by Mahatma Kunju during the reign of Maharaja Ranbir Singh.
Aap Shambhu Temple:
The temple is situated at Sathrian in Roopnagar area of Jammu City. The temple has self-made stone Lingam. According to a legend, in the times immemorial this entire place was an uninhabited jungle, the milky cows and buffaloes used to come to the Lingam after grazing and shed entire milk on the Lingam. Heavy rush of devotees is witnessed on the occasion of Mahashivratri.
Bhagwan Gopinathji Ashram:
Bhagwan Gopinathji Ashram is located at a distance of 5 kms from Jammu Bus stand near Udhaywala Bohri. The ashram houses the marble statue of Bhagwan Gopinathji, who is the most revered of Kashmiri Pundit Saints. It also has a large library having collection of books of spiritual and academic interest. A heritage gallery showcases the life and teachings of (BHagwanji) in the form of relics, models and pictures.
The tomb of Peer Mitha is situated in the interior of the old Jammu City in the locality bearing the same name. in the mid of 15th century A.D., a Sayid named Qutul Alam came to Jammu from Sawazwar and made a many of Hindus and Muslims his followers. He was contemporary of Raja Ajaib Dev, who ruled Jammu from 1423 A.D. to 1454 A.D. As sugar and sweets were his favorite so most of his followers brought him gifts of milk, sugar and sugar cane. He was also sweet spoken to people and hence was popularly known as Peer Mitha.
Peer Budhan Ali Shah Sahib:
The shrine of Peer Budhan Ali Shah, situated at Satwari near the Jammu Airport, is also popularly known as Peer Baba. Peer Budhan Ali Shah was a close friend of Shri Guru Nanak Devji. He was born at Talwandi in 15th century A.D. Peer Budhan Ali Shah was a bachelor and vegetarian, who according his followers, subsisted on milk. Another shrine of the Peer is said to be at Anandpur Sahib in Punjab. A large number of devotees of all faiths throng the shrine on every Thursday.
Baba Rah is a well-known shrine in Jammu located at Gandhinagar area. Rah became popular because of his humanitarian activities during the time of Maharaja Pratap Singh of Jammu (1885-1925 A.D.) and came from Nur Jamol, a village now in Pakistan.
it is the oldest and the biggest Masjid of Jammu located in Talab Khatikan, a kilometer away from Raghunath Bazaar. Heavy rush of devotees is witness on the eve of Id-Ul-Milad and Friday