Famous Raghunath Temple of Jammu
Famous Raghunath Temple of Jammu

Raghunath Temple,one of the largest temple complex structures of north India is situated in Jammu, state of Jammu and Kashmir, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This Raghunath temple is said to be built by the Kings of Jamwal Rajput, the King Maharaja Gulab Singh and King Ranbir Singh, the son of King Maharaja Gulab Singh during 1882-1860. Raghunath Temple is built in a Mughal style of architecture, over a raised platform in an octagonal shape, which can be identified by the spiral shaped towers with gold plated spires.

Raghunath temple is one of the largest temple complex in North India, which consists of seven shrines within the temple complex. And it is said that when the region was under the administration of King Ranbir Singh, the complex served as the great Centre for the Brahmin students to learn Sanskrit. The place was also served as a translation Centre to establish books on philosophy, history in Arabic and Persian, translated by Muslim scholars into Sanskrit. A special feature of this temple is that the temple complex is of Stucco style of adornment with brick stone work and plaster.

Specialty

The presiding deity of Raghunath Temple is Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The other important images depicted are Lord Ganesha, Lord Krishna, Sheshashayi Vishnu, the reclining posture of Lord Vishnu. One of the shrine in this temple houses a Shiva lingam, carved out of black stone with a height of 7.5 feet. The walls of the temple are housed with 300 crafted images of various deities and the inner chamber is plated with gold. The main shrine contains the beautiful paintings based on the concept related to the Hindu epics Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Bhagavad Gita and it enshrines Saligrams (an aniconic representation of Lord Vishnu) in large number.

Raghunath Temple holds a library, the special treasure which contains rare Sanskrit works. The opening gambit taken by the King Ranbir Singh to make a companionship was applauded by Sir Aurel Stein, a Hungarian-British archaeologist. According to the Brahmic inscription, the king Gulab Singh and King Dhyan Singh, brother of King Gulab Singh are ascribed for building this temple in 1827 in tribute of Mahant Jagannath. And there are various beautiful profusion of paintings adorn the entire temple.

Pooja Timings

The temple remains open from morning 6.00 am to night 8.00 pm.

Festivals

  • Dussehra – October
  • Holi – March
By Road

The National Highway 1 A passes through Jammu and connects with all parts of the country. The National Highway 1B is entirely within the state.


By Train

Jammu city has a railway station called Jammu Tawi, and is well connected with major cities of India. Express trains operate from Jammu station to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Amritsar.


By Air

Jammu Airport operates flights to many cities in India such as Delhi, Leh and Srinagar.

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