Currently caught in a crisis, Jammu and Kashmir has the hand of God. The worrying time will soon be shadowed with the good moments everyone is looking forward to and with people around the globe praying, things will soon get better. Being a religious destination for many people, Jammu and Kashmir has temples and mosques in abundance. We bring to you some of the destinations that you can visit during your stay there.
5. Raghunath Temple
Raghunath Temple is one of the largest temple in North India and is located in Jammu. It was built by Maharaja Gulab Singh (founder of the kingdom of Jammu and Kashmir) and his son Ranbir Singh. There are seven shrines, each having its own Shikhara, present at the site of the temple.
Raghunath Temple enshrines many idols of the Hindu gods and goddesses but its presiding deity is Lord Rama. The inner walls of the main temple is covered with gold sheet and there are galleries with lakhs of ‘Saligrams’. This temple attracts many tourists for its historical representation and millions of devotees visit to get the blessings.
4. Shankaracharya Temple
Situated on the Zabarwan mountain in Srinagar, Kashmir, Shankaracharya Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Visiting this temple involves the devotees to trek to the top of the hill on which it stands, about 1100 feet above the plains. Built in 371 BC, the great saint Shankaracharya is said to have stayed there during his visit to Kashmir.
He is said to have played a pivotal role in popularizing worshipping Lord Shiva there. The temple is significant as it carries religious as well as architectural brilliance. Supported by an octagonal platform, a 100 step climb further takes one to the prestigious temple.
3. Jamia Masjid
One of the sacred mosques of India, Jamia Masjid, is situated in Srinagar. The beautiful architecture of the mosque which is donned with a magnanimous courtyard and 370 wooden pillars makes it an attraction of Jammu and Kashmir.
With a squared garden to accommodate devotees the mosque can accommodate about 100,000 people at peak time. Built in 1400 AD, the beauty of this religious place has survived and been retained in the valley.
2. Amarnath Cave
This religious shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva is located 141 kms away from Srinagar and is reached via Pahalgam town. It is considered to be one of the epitomes for the devotees of Lord Shiva. Millions of worshippers fight the odds of weather, amidst the challenging terrain to visit the ice stalagmite inside.
Surrounded by mountains the cave is open for a brief period in summers for the pilgrims as the rest of the time the cave is covered with snow and not reachable for the visitors. Popularly known as the Amarnath Yatra, the devotees come in thousands during the visiting time and offer their prayers.
1. Vaishno Devi
One of the most auspicious places for Hindus is Vaishno Devi located in the Trikuta mountains of Jammu and Kashmir. Fondly calls as ‘Maa’ devotees travel hours and walk miles to offer their prayers to the deity. At an altitude of 5200 ft., pilgrims wait for ‘Mata Ka Bulava’ and wait patiently in the worshippers queue for a single sight of Mata Rani.
Such is the belief that a successful trip symbolizes Mother Goddess’s blessings. The Goddess of Shakti gives all the strength to her worshippers to pay her a visit and in return gives the love that they come looking for.