Jammu and Kashmir is a northern state of India and is the crown of India with abundance of temples within its territory. The temple of Raghunath ji of Jammu city is probably the biggest temple of North India. The most famous and revered pilgrimage centre in the state of J&K is the Amarnath caves situated at more than 13000ft from sea level and distance between cave to Srinagar city is about 88km. The Amarnath caves are visited by lakhs of pilgrims from all over India. The Amarnath caves is such a Holy place that every Hindu wishes to visit the caves once in his life.
Numerous festivals and fairs are celebrated at the temples of Jammu and Kashmir. The famous festival include Baisakhi in the month of April, festival of Khir Bhawani is celebrated in June month at the temple of Khir Bhawani, and above all the revered Amarnath Yatra which starts from July and ends in August attracting very large tourist traffic in the state.
The Jammu and Kashmir state is geographically made up by three areas namely Jammu, Ladakh and Srinagar valley. The populace of this state is more than one Million and out of which Jammu shares about 44%, Kashmir valley shares about 54% and share of Leh is around 3%. The majority populace of this state follows the Muslim religion where as Jammu area only has followers of Hindu religion around 65% of total area population. The state of J&K has different tract of land, due to this reason It experiences different and intense weather conditions in all seasons.
The tourists from diverse parts of India and world visit Jammu and Kashmir to witness Its delicate and immaculate natural beauties. The J&K state is bounded by the fantastic Himalayan range of mountains and houses also most peaceful & beautiful lakes, streams, rivers, glaciers, green plains and famous passes. It is truly said that J&K is a ‘paradise on earth’.
Jammu and Kashmir is very good pace both for daring and tender sports. The highest golf course of the world is at Gulmarg with tremendous skiing adventures also. Tourists interested in rafting head towards awfully thrilling and demanding water of Ladder River of Pahalgam to experience the rafting adventures. The regions of Kashmir and Ladakh with their vertical mountains call the mountaineers and trekkers and through a challenge to them for their desire of trekking and mountaineering for adventurous fun. The famous Dal Lake is also famous for really astonishing water sports and unparalleled experiences of water sports. Jammu and Kashmir is also a heaven for gliders.
Famous Jammu & Kashmir Temples
Jammu and Kashmir has ample temples of repute. Some of revered temples are the temple of Kheer Bhawani, temple of vaishno Devi, Bahu temple and fort, Awantipur temple and Babor temple besides several others. The Jammu city is very famous for the temples and is known as the ‘Temple City’ of north-west India. The well-known temples of Jammu city are Raghunath temple, Panchabakhtar temple, Bahu Maata temple, temple of Peer Kho cave, Mahamaya temple and Ranbireshwar temple etc. Raghunath temple is the largest temple of India.
The Jammu and Kashmir state also houses the very famous Amarnath cave shrine of Hinduism. The cave is devoted to supreme God Shiva. The Amarnath cave is located at an elevation of nearly 13000ft above sea level and has distance of more than 140km from Srinagar, the capital city of the state via the Pahalgam town. Amarnath shrine is very significant in Hinduism cult and regarded as the holiest Hinduism shrine.
The temple of Raghunath is devoted in honor of Lord Rama and situated in the center of Jammu city. The Maharaja of J&K Gulab Singh started the construction of this temple in 1835 and his son Ranbir singh completed the temple in 1860. The three sides of the inner walls of the temple are covered with gold sheets. Lakhs of Saligrams are also placed in temple’s gallery. The temple is made of seven shrines each having its own tower. The chief deity Lord Rama is in main sanctuary and the remaining sanctuaries in adjacent area are devoted to other deities of the Ramayana epic. Many scared and remarkable Sanskrit scriptures are there in the temple compound. The Sanskrit library of the temple has exceptional Sanskrit manuscripts. The Mughal architecture has an enormous influence on the surface, niches and arches of this temple.
Vaishno Devi Temple
Mandir of Mata Vaishno Devi is among the holiest temple of Hinduism devoted to Shakti and situated in vaishno Devi hills of Jammu and Kashmir state of India. Vaishno Devi, who is known as Vaishnavi and Mata Rani also, is an appearance of Mother Goddess. The temple, located in district Reasi of Jammu and Kashmir state, is near to Katra town. Maa Vaishno Devi and this temple is highly respected worship place in India. The chief shrine is situated at an elevation of approximately 5350 ft with a distance of nearly 14km. from Katra Town. Vaishno Devi is the second most pilgrimage destination of India after temple of Tirumala Venkteshwara, and about 8 million pilgrims (Yatri) visit every year to this shrine. The shrine board of Maa Vaishno Devi is responsible for the maintenance of the shrine. The Jammu airport is the nearest airport and has good frequency of flights. All the major domestic airlines operates their flight services to the Airport of Jammu.
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