About Raghunath Temple
Raghunath Mandir is a popular religious shrine located in the city of Jammu. The shrine, dedicated to Lord Rama, was commissioned by Maharaja Gulab Singh, founder of the Kingdom of Jammu and Kashmir in 1835. The construction of the temple was completed by his son Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1860.
The inner walls of the holy sanctum are covered with gold sheet on all the three sides. There are several galleries in the shrine dedicated to various gods and goddesses associated with the Ramayana. Along with Raghunath Temple, there are 17 other shrines nearby including the Panjbakhtar Temple and Ranbireshwar Temple.
This Rama Temple was the major place of worship of the Dogra royal family. There are several statues of deities and shivalingas along with religious inscriptions. Besides Hindu gods and deities, a figurine of King Ranbir Singh is also placed at the entrance. There is a Sanskrit Library, which has a rich reserve of the rarest collections of manuscripts and ancient books.
I think the best time to visit this temple is during day time… It is one of the biggest temple which is situated in Jammu. Mind blowing Images and statues of almost all Hindu gods are there and it is one of the temple is consisting of 33 Crore Gods on single spread stone. All incarnations of God Vishnu are also consisted there in statue form and small description of each incarnation is also given at respective place. Various types of Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva, and various others are also there. It is One of such place where you connect to god. It is a peaceful kind of place, an ancient temple. Although the nearby market is excellent. If you visit the temple, do spend some time shopping as well. It is peaceful kind place. Just amazing place I had ever seen. The best thing about the temple is that it is one of the oldest temple in J&K. You will have lot of fun there watching Crores of “PINDIS” But if you are in Jammu then for sure you should go to this temple. Overall to be good for “Adhyatmik Shanti”. This is the only reason you can’t stop one to visit this temple…🙂
Various Facilities also available there like :
- Food available for purchase
- Bathroom facilities
- Camera/Video allowed
- Lockers/Storage facilities also available