Raghunath Temple, which is located in Jammu, India’s most beautiful state of Jammu and Kashmir, this temple is dedicated to the chief of India, Lord Rama. Here Lord Rama is called by the name of Raghunathji. According to Hindu religious texts, Lord Rama is considered an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple was built by the Dogra king’s dynasty of Kashmir, this temple is built in a huge complex, in which idols and paintings of many gods and goddesses have been established.
There are idols of many deities in this temple but the idols of Lord Rama, Sita, and Laxman Ji are very huge. Many characters from the Ramayana period have also been shown in the temple through sculptures and pictures. The main idol of Lord Rama in this temple was brought from Ayodhya. In this temple, the idols of Shaligram of 33 crore deities are also enshrined. On seeing this temple from the outside, you will see 4 Kalash inside the temple which makes this temple special.
Apart from Lord Ram in this temple, there are also temples of Hanuman, Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Lord Ganesh, etc. Many walls and other parts of the temple are decorated with gold.
History of Raghunath Ji Temple
Raghunath Temple is one of the major temples of India and Jammu. The temple’s splendor can be gauged from the fact that thousands of people visit the temple every day. The construction of this temple was started by Raja Gulab Singh in 1835 and its construction was completed by his son Raja Ranveer Singh. According to the estimate, the temple was ready by 1860.
There is also an ancient legend about the construction of this temple. It is said that Raja Gulab Singh was asked by a great saint Ramdash Bairagi to build the temple. Ramdas Bairagi was A great saint from Ayodhya who came to Jammu to propagate the life and ideals of Lord Ram. Ramdas Bairagi lived in Sui Simbli Village of Jammu and it was here that he built the first temple of Lord Ram.
Char Dham Darshan
One of the specialties of Raghunath temple is that different rooms have been built in this temple for many deities and pilgrimage sites of India. In such temples, the temples of Char Dham of Hindus have been built here. The four Dhams are Rameshwar Dham, Dwarkadish Dham, Badrinath Dham, and Kedarnath Dham. Any devotee who is not able to visit Char Dham in a different place can visit the Char Dham here together and get virtuous results.
33 crore deity’s place
In the Raghunath temple, 33 crore deities mentioned in Hindu religious texts are also shown in a room. In this room, many small stone lings have been made which show 33 crore deities.
Terrorist attack in Raghunath Temple
All the major Hindu temples of Jammu, including the Raghunath temple, are kept under the strict supervision of the security forces. There is a special reason behind this and that reason is the terrorist attack in 2002. In 2002, terrorists attacked this temple and opened fire on the devotees, in which many people were killed and many people were also injured. After this attack, the temple was closed for 11 years.
After 11 years in 2013, this temple was reopened for the devotees.
Timing of Raghunath temple
10 AM to 9 PM (All Days)
How to reach Raghunath temple, Jammu?
By Air: Srinagar International Airport is the nearest airport to Raghunath temple. Raghunath temple is 4km away from here. This airport is well connected to other important cities like Jammu, New Delhi, Mumbai, Leh, Amritsar, and Bangalore. From the airport, you can reach Raghunath temple by taking a bus or taxi.
By Train: If you want to come by Raghunath temple train, then the nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi Railway station. The distance from Raghunath temple is 2km less than Srinagar railway station.
By Road: You can also come to Raghunath temple by road. Jammu is well connected by roads to all the cities of India. If you want, you can come here by booking your own vehicle or taxi.
Address and Google map of Raghunath temple
Address: PVH7+W2J, Raghunath mandir chowk Jammu city, Jammu and Kashmir 180001
Images of Raghunath temple
Other places to visit in Jammu & Kashmir
- Nishat Garden
- Dachigam National Park
- Vaishno Devi Dham, Katra
- Aru Valley
- Kishtwar National Park
- Dachigam National Park
- Tarsar Marsar Trek
- Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
- Nubra Valley
- Suru Basin
- Betaab Valley
- Hari Mahal Palace