RAGHUNATH TEMPLE

Built between 1835 and 1860 by Maharaja Gulab Singh and his son and was completed by his son, Maharaja Ranbir Singh. The Raghunath Temple complex with 7 shrines is one of the largest in northern India. It is Situated in the heart of the city and surrounded by a group of other temples, this temple, dedicated to Lord Rama, is outstanding and unique in northern India. Its inner sanctums contain gigantic statues of deities and numerous 'lingams'. It contains representatives of almost the entire Hindu pantheon. The chief deities in these temples are different incarnations of Lord Vishnu, Lord Surya and Lord Shiva. The temple is renowned for its revered inscriptions. The complex houses a rich collection of ancient texts and manuscripts. The inner walls of the main temple are covered with gold sheet on three sides. There are many galleries with innumerable 'saligrams'. The surrounding temples are dedicated to various Hindu deities from the epic Ramayana. Aap Shambhu Temple Sathrian, is a temple situated at Sathrian in Roopnagar area of Jammu city. The stone temple has self-made stone Lingam. According to a legend, in the times immemorial this entire place was an uninhabited jungle, the milky cows and buffaloes used to come to the Lingam after grazing and shed entire milk on the Lingam.

The Mughal architectural style is prevalent in these temples, amply shown by the arches, niches and surfaces. An image of the king Ranbir Singh and an idol of Lord Hanuman are placed in the entrance. A Sanskrit library, contains the rarest and richest collections of manuscripts and ancient books, is functioning in the temple. It is a perfect religious place in which historians find more valuable materials.

The temple also encompass various incarnations of Lord Vishnu and majestic Shiv Lingams. Devotees flock to this temple to witness the sacred Hindu rituals, including daily pujas and aartis and is thus a popular temple among devotees and tourists.

  
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