Jammu and Kashmir Important Temples

Jammu and Kashmir is home to several sacred shrines and pilgrim centres. Hindu Temples, Muslim Shrines, Sikh Gurudwaras and Buddhist Monasteries add to the cultural diversity of this beautiful state.

Some Important Temples of Jammu & Kashmir

Raghunath Temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. This impressive shrine was built in 1835. Amarnath is surrounded by snow-clad mountains and is one of the most revered pilgrim centres of India. It is located 140 km north east of Srinagar, at a height of 13,000 feet above sea level. Amarnath cave enshrines a natural Shivalingam of ice. There is another ice block on the left of Shivalingam representing Ganesha and to the right of the Shivalingam representing Parvati and Bhairava. There is another small cave inside the Amarnath cave from which a chalk like substance is given out to pilgrims as Vibhuti (Holy Ash). It is opened only for a few months during the year, and is reached after an arduous hike through the Himalayas.

In Amarnath, the Vaishno Devi Temple also requires a grueling trek. It is situated about 60 km north-east of Jammu, on the triangle hill Trikoota Bhagwati, this shrine is at an altitude of 5,300 feet and at a distance of 12 km from Katra – the last motorable point. Vaishno Devi is a manifestation of the three forms of Goddess Shakti-Mahalakshmi, Maha Parvati and Maha Saraswati.

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