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  2. 2. Jammu is also known as City Of Temples, One can visit Raghunath Temple, Ranbireshwar Temple, Peer Kho Cave Temple, Bawey Wali Mata, Mahamaya Temple. Other Place of interest are Baag-e-Bahu Park, Amar Mahal Museum, Mansar Lake and Fish Aquarium at Baag-e-Bahu. Amar Mahal Museum Go to various temples in and around Jammu city Charar-e-Sharief: (The Shrine is located in Kashmir valley not is Jammu) Chrar-e-Sharief is a shrine revered by both Muslims and Hindus dedicated to Sheikh Nooruddin, who was arguably the greatest mystic-saint of Kashmir. Hari Parbat Fort: (Located in Kashmir valley not in Jammu) The Mughal fort situated on the banks of the Dal Lake of Srinagar, it is positioned on top of the Sharika Hill. Martand Sun Temple: The most memorable and beautiful work of King Lalitaditya is the construction of spacious Martand temple, which the emperor got built in honor of the Sun God or Bhaskar. Sudh Mahadev Temple: Situated in the town of Chanhani in the western part of the Jammu Raghunath Mandir: Situated in the heart of the city and surrounded by a group of other temples Bahu Fort: 5kms, Situated on a rock face on the left bank of the river Tawi
  3. 3. Bagh-E-Bahu: 5kms. These extensive gardens, laid around the Bahu Fort provide a pleasant view of the city. Open 8AM to 8PM The Dargah o Peer Budhan Ali Shah (Peer Baba): On the backside of the Civil Airport is famous Dargah of the Muslim saint, Peer Budhan Ali Shah Peer Kho Cave Temple: A cave shrine located on the Circular Road, 3.5 kms. From the heart of the town. Ranbireshwar Temple: Located on Shalimar Road near the New Secretariat Amar Mahal Palace Museum: A beautiful red sand stone palace, it stands amidst the most picturesque surroundings of Jammu. Ranbir Canal: A small garden along the Ranbir Canal, 2kms from the heart of the town Maha Maya Temple and City Forest: On the By-pass Road behind Bahu Fort, the city forest surrounds the ancient Maha Maya Temple overlooking the river Tawi. Mubarak Mandi Palace: The oldest buildings in this Palace complex date to 1824. Udhampur is a district in Jammu and Kashmir. The town of Udhampur is the Headquarter of this district. The Mata Vaishno Devi shrine is a very important shrine for the Hindus and the most famous tourist attraction of this district. Patnitop,Sudh Mahadev are also very famous toursist places here as well. Sud Mahadev in Jammu and Kashmir (region) is a town located in India - about 324 mi (or 521 km) North of New Delhi, the country's capital place. Depending on your travel resources, these more prominent destinations might be interesting for you:Sialkot, Peshawar, Narowal, Lahore,Islamabad or Batoti. Being here already, consider visiting Sud Mahadev and Maruthi. There are 4 airports in the area of Sud Mahadev. The nearest airport we we have in our database is Jammu Airport (IATA: IXJ) with a distance of 38 mi (or 61.4 km) South-West of the city centre of Sud Mahadev. Sudh Mahadev Temple Jammu Kashmir The town of CHANHANI, located in the western part of the Jammu holds special significance as it houses a great piece of art - the Sacred Temple of Sudhmahadev. Chaudhari Ramdas of Chanhani and his son Chaudhari Parag Mahajan constructed the temple about 80 years ago. Shri Masu Shahane of Sudhmahadev did the construction of the entrance door of
  4. 4. the temple of Sudhmahadev. This holy spot near Patnitop is situated at an altitude of 1225 mtrs., about 120 kms. from Jammu. The shrine is visited pilgrims on the full moon night of 'Sawan' (July-August) to worship the "Trishul' (trident) and a mace which is said to belong to Lord Shiva. The Devak stream originates at Sudh Mahadev and disappears among the rocks a few kilometres down strean. This is a small temple of Lord Shiva. During July - August a fair is held here with 3 days of music, singing and dancing. It is situated at a distance of 8 kms. from Khud or Patni Top. Legend The trident housed within the temple,belonged to the asctic God who killed demon there.The temple has a black marble self made 'lingam' and Goddess parvati mounted on Nandi. It has a 'Dhooni'(sacred fire) to commemmorate the spiritual attainments of Baba Roop Nath who is said to have attained Samadhi there. It is said that the Dhooni has been kept burning constantly ever since Baba Roop Nath is said to be residing in the temple. Thousands of pilgrims visit the temple especially during 3-day fair held on the occasion of Jestha Purnima. Before entering the temple the pilgrims take bath in the holy Devika which flows nearby. A popular legend is associated with the Shrine. It is believed that Lord Shiva who was in his samadhi shot his big trishul to protect his consort Uma whose loud cry shook Shiva out of his meditation. Infact Shiva's devotee, Sudheet approached Uma to pay his respectful obeisance. Since he was a demon in his previous birth according to the legend, his demonaic looks frightened her and she made a loud shriek. The trident which Lord Shiva had flung hit Sudheet. Shiva realised his mistake and he offered to resuscitate him. But Sudheet felt that there could be no better life than death given by Lord Shiva Himself. Lord Shiva then gave his command that Sudheet's name will be prefixed to his name at that place. Since then it is called Sudh Mahadev. The broken trident in three pieces, is installed in the temple. Places The Asad Purnima Festival The Shiva temple here attracts many pilgrims during the festival, which takes place in mid June each year. The Asad Purnima festival features three days of music, singing and dancing. The main shrine has a black marble carved figure of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and there is also an interesting inscribed iron trident known as the "Shiva Trishul"; it is believed
  5. 5. to have been used by a Mahadeva to kill a demon. Man Talai Man Talai, 5-km from Sudh Mahadev is of archaeological interest due to the red earthenware and terra cotta figures discovered here. Gauri Kund Gauri Kund, also 5-km distant, is a small cave associated with Goddess Parvati. Sculptures from Hindu Mythology can be seen at the Pap Nashni Bauli springs. Shiv Garh is the highest mountains in the area. In the month of June, the time between the ‘Full moon and Chaudash’ is considered to be the most auspicious for this pilgrimage. As per the ancient religious faith, this pilgrimage is known to be the most sacred when undertaken between the ‘Punya jayeshth purnima and vayas purnima’. Though, pilgrims come all the year round, but a special fair (mela) is held during the full moon i.e jayeshth purnima to mark the auspicious time. The fair goes on for three days. During Chaudash, the pilgrimage to Gauri Kund, situated 2.5 kms from Sudhmahadev on the banks of Dewak Nadi, is considered to be most sacred. Here in the lap of the mountains, lies the Temple of Uma & Shankar. After taking a bath in the Dewak Nadi, the pilgrims worship Lord Shiva and Parvati in the Temple. After worshipping Gauri Kund, the pilgrims go to Gaukaran, about 0.5Kms from Sudhmahadev. Then they climb up another 2 Kms of mountaineous area to reach another sacred place ‘Nada’. In Sudhmahadev, there is a small stream called ‘Mitra vavli’ or ‘Papnashi Vavli’. The huge Shiv Temple houses the three faced idol of God Shulpaneshwar Mahadev, Uma and Ganesh riding ‘Nandi’- their Bull. The idol also has the sacred Swayambhu Shivalinga. It is said that Ma Parvati in order to attain Lord Shiva use to worship this Swayambhu Shivalinga after bathing in the Gauri Kund. Tones of water originating from an unknown source fall on this sacred Swayambhu Shivalinga. This Temple is built on the same lines as the series of other Uttarakhand temples in this area. In the temple premises, there is a Trident (Trishul) that in the local dialect is called ‘Gaja’. The sacred Trident has inscriptions in the ancient manuscript that form a major topic of research for the archeological department. According to Roopnath, the first religious head of the temple of Sudhmahadev, “Amardhuni’, ‘Gorakh Nath temple’, the huge idol of ‘Bhairava’ and the ‘Garbha Jun below the Nandi gan’ are considered to be great places of worship for the pilgrims. In the entire belt of Chanhani and Sudhmahadev, the great saints and sages sing poems of the romantic tale of the marriage of Lord Shiva and Parvati in
  6. 6. Mantalai. During the annual fair held at Sudhmahadev, religious saints and pilgrim groups sing in the praise of Sudhmahadev. As per religious traditions, these ancient temples were managed by the religious heads also called as ‘Pirs or Mahants’ who were in turn appointed on the directions of the Kings of Chanhani. After the downfall of the kings, the hold of the ‘Pirs’ over the management became weak. In 1959-60, the last religious head Pir Dhuni Nath instituted a committee to manage the working of the temple. Shri Salig Ram Shah of Sudhmahadev was appointed the manager of the committee and Shri Shiv Lal Sadathia was made the head. Finally, the management of the temple was handed over to the Dharmarth Trust under the guidance of its sole trustee Dr. Karan Singh. Though one can undertake this pilgrimage to Sudhmahadev all the year round, but as per religious traditions, the days that are considered most auspicious are Maghar Chaudash, Chaitra Chaudash, Rath Yatra, Baisakhi and Shivaratri. Sudh Mahadev Jammu and Kashmir is known for beautiful sceneries and the many religious places one can visit here. Its tourism is flourishing mainly due to the presence of several temples, where people from all over the world come to offer their prayers. To the western part of Jammu lies the town of Chanhani where you can find a sacred temple named Sudh-Mahadev. It is built at a height of 1225 metres at a place near Patnitop, approximately 120 kilometres from Jammu. Devak Stream is seen to originate from this temple. A few kilometres down, this stream disappears into the rocks. The temple, however, houses a natural lingam made from black marble. This temple has a three-faced idol of Shulpaneshwar Mahadev, Parvati and Ganesh. They are seen riding Nandi the Bull. It also has idols of Bhairava, Garbha Jun and Gorak Nath, because of which the temple is considered sacred for pilgrims. ‘Mitra vavli’ or ‘Papnashi Vavli’ is a small stream in the temple. The Trishul or Trident in the temple premises, locally known as Gaja, carries inscriptions of ancient manuscripts. This has been a great topic of research for several years for archaeological scholars. Amardhuni is said to be the first religious head of this temple. Great sages and saints of Chanhani and the temple are heard singing poems of Lord Shiva and Parvati getting married in Mantalai. History
  7. 7. This temple is said to be 80 years old. It is said to have been constructed by Chaudhari Ramdas along with his son Chaudhari Parag Mahajan. Sudh-Mahadev Temple has a beautiful entrance gate that was created by Shri Masu Shahane. Traditionally, these temples were managed by the Pirs or Mahantas (religious heads). They were appointed by Kings reigning Chanhani. Once the reign of kings got over, management by Pirs weakened too. In 1959-60, Pir Dhuni was the last religious head who formed a committee that managed this temple and Shri Shiv Lal Sadathia became the head. This temple was finally given over to Dharmarth Trust, guided by Dr. Karan Singh. Major Attractions Asad Purnima Festival This festival is celebrated at the temple in mid-June every year. Pilgrims come from every part of the world to witness the three days of singing, music and dance. Man Talai About 5 km away from the temple tourists will find Man Talai, which of great archaeological significance as terra cotta figures and red earthenware were discovered here. Gauri Kund This is where a cave is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. You can see different sculptures at Pap Nashni Bauli springs. The highest mountain in this area is Shiv Garh. How to Reach The temple is 120 km away from Jammu and the nearest city is Udhampur. By Air Jammu Airport is closest to this temple. It is connected with all the major cities in the country. You can then reach the temple by taxi or bus. By Road State transport services offer bus services from Jammu, Udhampur and Katra for your convenience. There are regular buses on this route. By Rail The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawai Railway Station that is well-connected with all major cities and towns in India. From the station you can take a taxi or bus to reach the temple. Best Time to Visit
  8. 8. The most auspicious time to visit for pilgrims is considered in June during the days that fall between full moon and Chaudash. If you undertake a pilgrimage between Punya Jayeshth purnima and Vayas purnima, it is considered the most sacred one. During Chaudesh, a pilgrimage to Gauri Kund is considered to be sacred. Another sacred place called Nada, 2 kilometres on the mountains, can be reached from there. Accommodation Tourists can avail accommodation facilities at Patnitop, which is closest to the temple. All kinds of hotels are available here starting from budget to luxury. Oasis Resort at Patnitop is a great option. It has good staff and the location is good too. The hill side rooms offer great views from the room. Sushant Hotel is well-known for its world class service at affordable room tariffs. Jai Skahan Hotel is a pure budget hotel will cheap tariff rates. The service by the staff is good. Other than these a few other renowned hotels are Greentop Hotel, Holiday Inn Hotel, Forest view Hotel and Vardaan Resort. All these hotels are known for their quality of service and extra amenities they offer to the guests. Sudh Mahadev Mandir Believed to be 2800 years old, the temple of Sudh Mahadev houses a natural black marble Lingam, the Trident (Trishul) of Lord Shiva and mace believed to be that of Bheema, one of the five legendary Pandava brothers. This holy temple near Patnitop is situated at an altitude of 1225 m and is about 120 kms from Jammu. Sudhmahadev has a spring by the name Pap Nashni Bowli. It is believed that taking bath in it relieves a devotee of all sins. After bath one proceeds towards the holy temple of Lord Shiva. Pilgrims visit the shrine on Historic Sudhmahadev 3 day Festival (Mela) on the full moon night of 'Sawan' (June -July) to worship the Trident (Trishul) and a mace. During this 3 day festival, arrangements are made by the state government administration to provide facilities to the visitors. Adequate transport is also provided by the government agencies from various destinations. The government also ensures security arrangements. Good health facilities are also made available. Cultural programs are organized during the 3
  9. 9. day festival; in which the local performers entertain the visitors by showcasing various local dances and singing folk songs. One can have stay in the temporary tented accommodations provided by J&K Tourism Development Department or even a Sarai maintained by the Dharamarth Trust, beside a few guest houses are also there Sudh Mahadev Temple The temporary shops are also established by the people to provide various things and eatables to the visitors. Langars are also arranged by some devotees to provide free food to the visitors. Some of the famous food items to eat during the festival are Rajmash Chawal with Desi Ghee, Chatni of Pudina and Anardana. Local food specialties include Klari (a milk preparation like paneer) or Klari kulcha and are very tasty and one must eat there. Those who love sweets have Jlabis and pure Khoya to eat. It is a great fair which provides lot of entertainment, natural scenery, joy and spiritual experience. Another 8 kms from Sudhmahadev is an enchanting hill resort of Mantalai. Located at the top of a hill and surrounded by tall Deodar trees giving fresh and cool air. It is believed that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married there. There is a Shiva temple with a pond by its side. Patnitop to Sudhmahadev (J&K) This moderately difficult trek connects Patnitop with a historical temple at Sudh Mahadev. The route hugs the Shivgarh ridge between an altitude of 2500 to 2700 metres. Shivgarh ridge is home to a few families of the near threatened, Himalayan vultures. This is a 15 kilometre treks that usually takes 5 hours to complete.