Jammu, the winter capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is also known as Jammu Tawi. The city was founded by King Jambu Lochan in the 14th century and has been the seat of the powerful Dogra dynasty in the past. Currently, the city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in North India, not only due to its soothing ambiance and scenic beauty, but also because it is home to many sacred sites. Apart from the popular shrine of Vaishno Devi, Raghunath Mandir, Bawey Wali Mata Temple, Ranbireshwar Temple, Mahamaya Temple, the Peer Kho Cave Temple and Panchbakhtar Temple are popular shrines in Jammu.
The easiest way to reach Jammu is by flight. However, in the busy season of winter, it might be a challenge to book flight tickets unless you book well in advance. Of course, you can get Club Vistara benefits, given that it offers priority wait-list clearance and guaranteed reservation in the Economy class if you book 24 to 48 hours prior to flight departure.
Here are a few temples that you shouldn’t miss in Jammu.
Vaishno Devi Temple
The shrine of dedicated to Mata Vaishno Devi is situated inside an ancient cave, high up on the scared Trikuta Mountain. The temple holds immense religious significance for the Hindu community, which is why about 8 million people visit this shrine every year. The temple is situated at a height of about 5,300 feet above sea level, which pilgrims need to cover a 12 kilometre trek from the base camp to reach. It is believed that Mata Vaishno Devi performed penances in the cave on Trikuta Mountain. When the time came, her body transformed into the astral form of three divine energies- Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati.
This shrine complex is situated right at the heart of Jammu and is possibly the biggest shrine complex in North India. There are 7 temples in the complex, with the main temple being dedicated to Lord Rama, while the others are devoted to different Gods and Goddesses from the Ramayana. Maharaja Gulab Singh, the founder of the kingdom of Jammu and Kashmir, is credited for beginning the construction of the shrine in 1835 AD, however it was his son who completed the construction.
Temple of Bawey Wali Mata
Bawey Wali Mata is popularly believed to be the presiding Goddess of Jammu. The temple was constructed in 1822 AD and is among the most esteemed temples of Goddess Kali in India. It is situated on the left bank of River Tawi and is known for its divine atmosphere, especially on Tuesdays and Sundays, during the Tawi flowing worship.
Jammu is a perfect getaway from the hectic city life into a world of spirituality, which attracts tourists and pilgrims throughout the year. So, the next time you a plan a visit here, make sure you have enrolled for the Club Vistara benefits for a seamless and comfortable travel experience.