The Bawey Wali Mata temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Constructed by Maharaja
Gulab Singh back in 1822, the temple has ever since been one of the most revered
temples in the region. A visit to this temple is an extremely peaceful experience.
Every Sunday and Tuesday the local people gather here to worship the presiding Goddess.
A little further away from the temple is a small hillock overlooking breathtaking
views of the Tawi river. The hill also shelters a Mahamaya temple which is also
Mahamaya Temple and City Forest: On the bypass Road, behind Bahu Fort, the city forest surrounds the
ancient Mahamaya temple overlooking the river Tawi. A small garden surrounded by
acres of woods provides the best view of the city.
Witness the harmonious integrity of the diverse communities of India seeking blessings
of the saint under one roof. Behind the Civil Airport is the famous durgah of the
Muslim saint, Peer Budhan Ali Shah. The dargah shelters the pious grave of this
great Islam saint who apparently lived 500 years of his life consuming nothing but
milk. Peer Baba befriended the tenth and the last guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh,
also the saint was in good terms with Ghareeb Nath and Ajaib Dev who were renowned
for their magical powers.
On Thursdays, Hindu and Sikh devotees who visit this shrine, vastly outnumber the
It is said that if you offer chaddars and flowers at the dargah your wishes will
Dera Baba Banda:
It is located in Reasi at a distance of 75 kms from Jammu city. Dera Baba Banda
is not only a major pilgrimage centre for Sikhs but attracts people from other faiths
also. It has a Gurudwara built by Baba Banda Bairaagi on the banks of river Chenab.
He was Guru Gobind Singh`s favourite `Saint-soldier`. Pilgrims in great number especially
from North India throng this place in the month of April to participate in the three-day
This place is around 300-year-old. The historic gurdwara at Dera Baba Banda Bahadur
has the samadhi of Banda Bahadur. Here the ashes of Banda Bahadur are also kept,
along with an arrow given by Guru Gobind Singh to Banda. Other attractions include
number of weapons and a huge sword used by Banda during wars.
Gulab Singh also constructed a Gadhadhargi temple near his palace (Mubarak Mandi)
soon after becoming the ruler of the State. The temple has two life size statues
of Narayana and Lakshmi.