JAMMU – THE CITY OF TEMPLES
“We can visit many places of our relatives but we only got comfortable at our Home.”
The whole world got so many beautiful places to visit and to hangout, But yes It is also true that We all love our Hometown and Birth Place whether its a small city or big, doesn’t matter. My Hometown, My birthplace Is a beautiful City Of Temples – JAMMU… Today i’ll tell you about My City, The specialty of it and little history of it. I really don’t know from where to begin it with, But lets start with the basic information about my CITY….
Jammu is one of the three administrative divisions within Jammu and Kashmir, the northernmost state in India. It consists of the districts of Doda, Kathua, Jammu, Udhampur, Rajouri, Ramban, Reasi, Samba, Kishtwar and Poonch.
Jammu is the largest city of the JAMMU DIVISION. It is also the winter capital of the State. Jammu is also known as the “City of Temples” as it has many temples and shrines. The Local language of the Jammu City is “Dogri”. It is spoken almost all over the Jammu. Jammu is the only region in the state of Jammu and Kashmir that has a Hindu majority population – 65% of Jammu’s population practise Hinduism, 30% practice Islam and most of the remainder are Sikhs. Most of Jammu’s Hindus are Dogras, Kashmiri Pandits, migrants from Kotli and Mirpur, and Punjabi Hindus.
Talking about the some other facts of Jammu. Let me tell you all some basic ones.
Total Area- 167kmsq. (64 sq. mi)
Total Population- 657,314 (2011 census)
Official Website- jammu.nic.in
Jammu city has a railway station called Jammu Tawi (station code JAT) that is connected with major cities of India. The old railway link to Sialkot was broken after the Partition of India and Jammu had no rail services until 1971, when the Indian Railways laid the Pathankot – Jammu Tawi Broad Gauge line. The new Jammu Tawi station was opened in October 1972 and is an origination point for Express trains.
Jammu Airport is in the middle of Jammu. It has direct flights to Srinagar, Delhi, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Leh and Mumbai and Bengaluru Jammu AirPort Operate daily 30 arrival and departure flights which is Goair, Air India, Spicejet and Indigo running daily flights.
The city has JKSRTC city buses under and mini buses for local transport which run on some defined routes. These mini buses are called “Matadors”. Besides this auto-rickshaw and cycle-rickshaw service is also available. Local taxis are also available.
Let us explore the history of Jammu and see when and by whom, was it founded.
History of Jammu – The City of Temples
Jammu was founded in 14th Century BC. And it was founded by Raja Jambu Lochan. During one of his hunting campaigns, he reached the Tawi River where he saw a goat and a lion drinking water side by side. Having satisfied their thirst, the animals went their own ways. Amazed, Jambu abandoned the idea of hunting and returned to his companions. Recounting what he had seen, the Raja exclaimed that this place was a place of peace and tranquility. He then ordered that a palace and the new capital for his kingdom be established on that site.
This city became known as Jambu-Nagar, which then later changed into Jammu. The palace/fort around which Jambu-Nagar was built is named after Jambu’s brother, Bahu Lochan, who is credited with building it.
JAMMU is also a favourite place for the tourists.. So if you are willing to visit jammu city, let me tell you some places in jammu, that are must visit.
MOST FAMOUS PLACES
1. BAHU FORT
Bahu Fort is an ancient fort in the city of Jammu. This fort was built about 3000 years ago where a king, Raja Bahu Lochan lived with his family. Bahu Fort has a wonderful story behind its construction. Once, Bahu Lochan went hunting along with his brother Jambu Lochan (founder of Jammu city), and got the opportunity to see a pleasant sight of a tiger and a goat drinking water together from the Tawi River. Read more here >>>
2. SHRI MATA VAISHNO DEVI
Vaishno Devi is a shrine in Jammu at Katra city. Vaishno Devi is a temple located in the Trikuta Hills of Katra city. The temple is 14 km from the main city in between the hills. The path is very tough and most of the people cover this distance by foot. There are ponies avaliable for those who cannot walk. Read more here>>>
3. MANSAR LAKE
Situated 62 km from Jammu, Mansar is a beautiful lake and one of the must visit place if you are in Jammu. It is also a holy site with lots of temples around it.. People often came.here to perform many ritual events. Mansar is also famous for its flora and fauna. It attracts all the tourists with its lots of species of fishes, animals and plants. It is also a great Picnic spot.
4. OTHER PLACES
Apart from these three, other must visit places includes AMAR SINGH MAHAL, BAGH-E-BAHU, SHIVKHORI, RAGHUNATH TEMPLE, PEER KHO CAVE Etc… So If you are planning to visit my CITY, don’t forget to visit all these places to make your trip exciting…
JAMMU is often considered as the backward cities of the country. The Mindset of the outside people are very wrong for the Jammu. They think Jammu is a place of militants… But it is not like that, Jammu is also developing now, people are getting aware of all the new things. Let me clear, what’s the Today’s life of Jammu people…
TODAY’s LIFE in JAMMU
I’ll not call JAMMU, a metro city. But no doubts, soon it’ll be… Lot of new ventures are opening in Jammu now. People are getting aware of new startups. Even many new startups are taking place in Jammu only. People of Jammu are now turning the tables of the game… Life of the people are just normal like the other cities. But previously, the only problem was that, there were no such things in Jammu, Like Malls, Startups, Etc… But now, this thing is changing, many malls are opening here in Jammu. Already Jammu have got 2 malls (City square, Wave mall) and 3 are in under-construction. So slowly and steadily, people of Jammu are getting advanced in every field and this thing will keep on growing in upcoming time…
So this was all I have for my City, although this article is not sufficient to define the specialties of the JAMMU – The City of Temples, but I hope you all got an idea. So Do Visit My City Because the BEST PART of the people of JAMMU is that We welcome guests with open heart…