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Pilgrimages of Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir is a state that is considered a holy place by people of all religion. The state brims with sacred sites, visited by pilgrims from all over the world. Most of these holy sites are situated amidst the picturesque surroundings of mighty Himalayas. And this attribute has now started attracting many tourists as well to these sites. That way, not only do they get to explore the stunning landscapes of Jammu and Kashmir, they also have the opportunity to worship the Lords and get their blessings. The state has many temples and mosques that in themselves are wonder creations. When it comes to religious tolerance, the state stands as an epitome. A pilgrim, who comes to J&K, should not leave without visiting the Hari Parbat Pilgrim center where a mosque, a temple and a Gurudwara stand side by side. The sight itself gives you the undiluted feeling of brotherhood.
Mata Vaishno Devi JammuMATA VAISHNO DEVI (devoted to Goddess Vaishnavi)

Situated 62 km away from Jammu, Vaishno Devi shrine is located at an altitude of 1615 m above sea level. It is one of the most important pilgrim place for Hindus around the world. The shrine is located inside a cave on Trikuta Hills. To reach here, one has to start climbing from Katra, which is around 14 km from here. Many pilgrims cover this distance bare foot to please the Goddess and get her blessings. Inside the cave there are three rocks cut statues that represent the three Goddesses. Goddess Kali in right, Goddess Lakshmi in center and Goddess Saraswati in the left. Every Hindu believes that his life is blessed id he visits the cave and gets a look of the three idols.

Raghunath TempleJammuRAGHUNATH TEMPLE (dedicated to Lord Rama)

Maharaja Gulab Singh laid the foundation of Raghunath temple in 1853. However, his son, Maharaja Ranbir Singh, got the shrine completed in 1860. The temple, dedicated to Lord Rama, is surrounded by a number of other shrines dedicated to various Gods and Goddesses connected with the epic Ramayana. The inner walls of the main shrine are covered with gold sheet on three sides. Amongst the temples in Jammu, the Raghunath Mandir dedicated to Lord Rama, takes pride of the place, being situated right in the heart of Jammu. The temple has seven shrines, with god-plated interiors. The most important houses the Dogra's patron deity, Rama, Vishnu's eighth incarnation. The cluster of temples makes it the largest temple complex in Northern India. Situated in the heart of the city and surrounded by a group of other temples, this temple dedicated to Lord Rama is outstanding and unique in Northern India.

Ranbireshwar Temple JammuRANBIRESHWAR TEMPLE (devoted to Lord Shiva)

The Ranbireshwar Temple is an important itinerary of the Jammu and Kashmir pilgrim tourism. The temple is situated on the Shalimar Road in the city of Jammu. Built in the 19th century, the magnificent temple is flanked throughout the year by the devotees who gather in large numbers to offer prayers to the reigning deity of the temple.

The temple was built by Maharaja Ranbir Singh who is one of the ancestors of the Dogra rulers of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is a part of the holy trinity of the Hindu mythology. The construction of the temple was completed in the year 1883. The premises of the temple are divided into two halls decorated by images of the gods Ganesha and Kartikeya. The idols of the faithful Nandi Bull is found in the temple. 1.25 lakh bona lingams of the Lord Shiva are placed in the two halls of the temple. The characteristic feature of the temple is the 7.5 feet tall Shiva lingam that is placed in the main sanctum of the temple. The main limgam rises in the center of the temple and is of black marbled stone. The temple also has 12 other lingams carved out of crystal ranging from 15 centimeters to 38 centimeters in height.

Bawe Wali Mata JammuBAWE WALI MATA

The famous temple of Bawey Wali Mata is inside the Bahu Fort where, every Tuesday and Sunday, pilgrims throng to worship the goddess.Positioned along the banks of river Tawi, the impressive construction of Bahu Fort is probably the oldest construction in Jammu. The splendid waterfalls, green terraced gardens and blooming flowers inside this fort make it one of the most peaceful forts that you would have ever witnessed. Originally built by Raja Bahulochan about 3,000 years ago.5 kms away from the central part of the city.

Shiv Khori Cave Shrine JammuShiv Khori Cave Shrine

This holy cave is nearly a kilometre long and houses a 4 ft high, naturally formed 'Shivling'. It is considered second only to the shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in religious importance. There are stalactites and stalagmites dripping milky limestone water. To the left of Shivling Mata Parwati is symbolized by impression of Her Holy feet. Kartikeya is also seen in left of Shivlingam. At nearly 2.5 feet above, five headed Ganesha is can be seen. The Holy cave has a number of other natural images which are believed to be that of 33 crores Hindu Deities.

Sudh Mahadev JammuSudh Mahadev

Believed to be 2800 years old, the temple of Sudh Mahadev houses a natural black marble Lingam, the Trident (Trishul) of Lord Shiva and mace believed to be that of Bheema, one of the five legendary Pandava brothers. This holy temple near Patnitop is situated at an altitude of 1225 m and is about 120 kms from Jammu. Sudhmahadev has a spring by the name Pap Nashni Bowli. It is believed that taking bath in it relieves a devotee of all sins. After bath one proceeds towards the holy temple of Lord Shiva.

Gauri Kund

Some distance short of Sudh Mahadev is the legendary spring where the Goddess Parvati used to bathe before commencing her daily prayers at Sudh Mahadev. This spring came to be named after her as 'Gauri Kund'.


Situated a few kilometers further away from Sudh Mahadev, Mantalai is surrounded by lush deodar forests at an altitude of 2000 m. The place is associated with the legend of the marriage of Lord Shiva with the Goddess Parvati.

Ziarat Peer Mitha

Ziarat Peer Mitha is a mosque situated in the center of Jammu. It also houses the tomb of Pir Ziarat, who was popularly known as Peer Mitha. The ziarat came to be known by this name because he readily accepted even a pinch of sugar in the offerings.

Mahamaya Temple

The Mahamaya Temple is situated on the by-pass road, behind Bahu Fort. Surrounded by the city forest, this ancient temple overlooks the Tawi River of Jammu.

Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

The Gurudwara of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji is one of the many Gurudwaras in Jammu. It houses a three ft long white marble statue of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in a separate room, said to have installed by Maharaja Partap Singh.

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