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Jammu – A Traditional City and a Prominent Hindu Pilgrimage Center
Prominent Places of Tourist Interest in Jammu City
Raghunath Mandir: This is one of the most famous temples of Jammu city and was constructed in 1835 under the tutelage of Maharaja Gulab Singh, who had also founded the Kingdom of Jammu and Kashmir. The temple took nearly 25 years to complete and the task was done by Maharaja Ranbir Singh, son of Maharaja Gulab Singh. Although the main shrine is dedicated to Lord Rama, the temple consists of numerous smaller shrines which are dedicated to the various gods and goddesses of Hindu mythology. The inner three walls of the main shrine have a covering of gold sheets, in addition to which there is also a statue of Maharaja Ranbir Singh located near the entrance. At one time, the temple served as the primary place of worship for the members of the Dogra royal family.
Ranbireshwar Temple: Located in the heart of Jammu city, Ranbireshwar temple is an ancient shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was constructed by Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1883, and is one of the most prominent religious places in the city. The temple features two main halls depicting beautiful images of Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya. In addition to the main Shiva Linga, which stands nearly 7.5ft tall, there are twelve small shivlingas located within the temple, each of which is made from crystal. The temple also features the statute of Nandi, The Bull, which is located at the entrance of the main hall.
Peer Kho Temple: This is a holy cave temple dedicated too Lord Shiva, and is also famous by the name of Jamwant Cave. The temple features a svayambhu shivalinga and is believed to be amongst the oldest temples in the region. According to local legend, this cave temple acts as a gateway for other temples and caves located outside India. Situated amidst the acacia forest growing next to igneous rocks, the temple is thronged by devotees on the occasion of Shivratri, which is celebrated with great zeal and fervor at this ancient and holy place.
Shivkhori: This is one of the popular cave shrines in Jammu, which depicts formation of the Shivlingam in a natural way. This cave is 200 meter in length and in width it is just 1 meter. Inside the cave you will get to see images and impressions of Hindu Gods and goddesses.
Things to buy in Kashmir:
Shahtoosh and Pashmina: Pashmina shawls are made from the hair in the body of rarely found Ibex and very expensive too. Shahtoosh shawl is also popular in the name of Ring Shawl. This shawl is so soft that it can easily pass through the hole of the ring. It is made out of antelopes belly hair.
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